‘Foolish’ drink driver is banned

Blackpool Magistrates Court open day pre-pix.
Blackpool Magistrates Court open day pre-pix.
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A MAN told police he had drunk up to eight pints before he got behind the wheel of his boss’s vehicle.

Blackpool Magistrates’ Court heard James Austin drove the Ford even though he was already banned from the road when he drove his boss’s car after he gave him the keys to get him a packet of cigarettes out of the vehicle.

The 24-year-old of Cheviot Avenue, Lytham, admitted driving while banned, drink driving and taking the car without permission.

Resort magistrates bailed Austin pending the preparation of pre-sentence reports.

Alison Quanborough, prosecuting, told the court police had followed the Ford after seeing it travelling above the speed limit.

They eventually pulled over the vehicle, noticed Auston smelled of alcohol and arrested him.

When interviewed by police officers he admitted what he had done and said he had been out drinking in Lytham with his boss.

He told the officers he may have downed as many as nine pints during the session.

Gary McAnulty, defending, said the incident had been an error of judgement on the part of his client.

He added: “My client’s boss asked him to get some cigarettes from the vehicle and gave him the door keys.”

“Very foolishly he decided to drive it.”