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Post-lockdown shots in pub led to drink-drive conviction

A PENSIONER who arranged to meet an old friend for a “post-lock down drink” failed a breathalyser as he drove home.

Blackburn magistrates heard Stephen Hurley had been drinking shots which he wasn’t used to.

Hurley, 68, of Coverdale Drive, Blackburn, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol. He was fined £400 with £85 costs and £40 victim surcharge and banned from driving for 24 months. The court heard Hurley gave a reading of 92 against the legal limit of 35.

Janice Valance, prosecuting, said police were alerted at 3.20pm about a possible drink driver. They located the car on the car park of Tesco in Livesey Branch Road, Blackburn, and stopped it as it drove off.

Richard Prew, defending, said his client had no previous convictions.

“He came out of Covid to the extent he was able to meet up with a friend in the Railway at Pleasington,” said Mr Prew.

“He hadn’t intended to stay in the pub for as long as he did and he had some shots which he wasn’t used to.”