Pensioner was over the limit

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A pensioner was caught driving over the alcohol limit after a tip-off to police.

Geoffrey Smith, 70, of Meadow Crescent, Poulton, a voluntary worker for Wyre Council, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol.

He was disqualified from driving for 12 months, fined £200 and ordered to pay £20 victims’ surcharge by District Judge Rod Ross sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said police received information about a possible drink-driver on December 16 at 12.15am and saw Smith driving a Ford Fusion on Garstang Road, Poulton.

A breath test showed 52 microgrammes of alcohol in his body – 35 is the limit.

Smith told the judge he suffered from depression and added: “In the 40 years
I have been driving I have never done anything as stupid.”

Smith said he had had a meal and drinks at a pub and was then driven to a relatives. Some time later he got into his car and drove.