A PRINTER did the right thing when he went on his works Christmas outing.
Thomas Cummins, 47, took taxis to and from the event where he had drunk almost a bottle of wine with his meal.
However, he then got behind the wheel of his car on his return home to Blackpool Road, Ansdell, when he decided he wanted to drink more, Blackpool magistrates heard.
Tracy Yates, prosecuting, said Cummins drove to an off licence and on his way back was pulled up by police.
He was given a roadside breath test and was over the limit.
John McLaren, defending, said the police were probably attracted to the car because it had been parked on double yellow lines outside the shop.
The lawyer said his client had stopped drinking for some time but had been badly affected by the death of his father.
Cummins was banned from the road for three years and ordered to pay £498 in fines and costs.