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Blackburn drink driver swerved across 3 lanes of M65

A CONCERNED member of the public who was trying to detain a drink driver until the police arrived was head butted for his trouble.

Blackburn magistrates heard William Hogg later told police he couldn’t remember the events of the previous night and couldn’t explain why he had driven from Blackburn to Burnley.

Hogg, 36, of Bolton Road, Blackburn, pleaded guilty to assaulting Babar Farid, driving with excess alcohol, without insurance and other than in accordance with a licence. He was made subject to a community order for 12 months with 15 days rehabilitation activity requirement. He was fined £120 with £85 costs and £95 victim surcharge and ordered to pay £50 compensation to Mr Farid.

Andy Robinson, prosecuting, said Mr Farid first saw Hogg driving onto the M65 at Whitebirk roundabout. He saw him swerve across all three lanes and followed him, along with paramedics in an ambulance who had also witnessed the standard of driving.

They followed the Nissan Qashqai driven by Hogg onto the Shuttleworth link road where Mr Farid used his car to force Hogg to stop.

“He engaged him in conversation to try and get the keys to the defendant’s car and at that point he was head butted,” said Mr Robinson. “That was witnessed by the paramedics who had also followed.”

Hogg gave a roadside reading of 76 and an evidential reading of 65 against the legal limit of 35.

When he was interviewed the following day Hogg said he had been drinking before driving and couldn’t recall the events of the previous evening.

“He said he wasn’t uninsured to drive the car and only had a provisional licence,” said Mr Robinson. “He didn’t know why he had driven the car or why he had ended up in Burnley.”

Richard Prew, defending, said his client had shown a great deal of remorse when he was interviewed.

“He very honestly conceded that he could have killed somebody, especially given his lack of recollection of driving,” said Mr Prew. “This has been a wake up call for him.”