A drunk got into his Bentley to drive home from the pub – rather than walk just 100 yards.
Former electrical engineer Stephen Turner was more than four times over the limit when he took the wheel of the luxury car, only to be halted by a concerned member of the public who removed his key.
A court heard that Turner was unfit to work. He receives £100 a week from his elderly mother and £225 a month State Personal Independence Payment.
Turner of Torentum Court, Thornton was found guilty of drink driving by Blackpool Magistrates.
He was given 26-week jail term suspended for a year,put on a 24-week curfew, and was banned from the road for 30 months. He was also told to pay £580 costs.
The court heard that Turner had been in his local just 10 houses away from his girlfriend’s flat where he was staying.
The court heard he had been downing double vodkas and left the pub just before 2am where witness Brendan Smith saw him stagger in the car park before getting into the Bentley Arnage which was parked on double yellow lines.
Mr Smith heard Turner refuse his girlfriend’s plea to walk home and got in the car and started the engine.
It moved a short distance before Mr Smith said he was calling the police and leaned into the car and took the keys which he threw away.
Turner left the area on foot but returned to look for a mobile phone and was then arrested.
In interview he said that Mr Smith had embellished what had happened and had done so: “Because he is jealous I have a Bentley.
“It is my pride and joy.”
Steven Duffy, defending, said: “My client no longer works and acts as carer for his mother.
“He gets £100 a week from her and the PIP payment of £225 a month.”
“He has no criminal past and now faces the embarrassment of being a 59-year-old man being fitted with an electronic tag.”