Reveller hit with road ban

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A drunken New Year reveller knocked down a man trying to stop him driving away from a party.

Nicholas Ashton left the man lying on the ground and drove away from the scene before being stopped by police.

Ashton, a 23-year-old electrician, of Bennetts Lane, South Shore, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol.

He was banned from the road for 18 months and fined £150 with £85 costs plus £20 victims’ surcharge by District Judge Meirion Lewis-Jones sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court

The judge told him: “It is a mercy the man concerned was not more seriously injured. This is what happens when your judgement is affected by drink.”

Tony Slater, defending, added: “He did not drive at the witness on purpose. It could have been caused by the amount of alcohol he drank.”

Ashton had lost his job as an electrician because of the incident.

He had also applied to join the RAF, but would now not be able to do so because of the conviction.

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