Defence solicitor tells Burnley drink drive client to 'get over himself'

A drunk driver who had turned to booze after problems in his life got some pointers from his solicitor, who said he ought to 'get over himself.'
Burnley Magistrates' CourtBurnley Magistrates' Court
Burnley Magistrates' Court

Jobless father-of two Gary Taylor had lost his way but lawyer Mr Dylan Bradshaw told Burnley magistrates he should stop wallowing and get himself work.

The court was told how the 33-year-old was stopped in the town in his BMW at 10-30pm. He blew 104 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath at the roadside. The legal limit is 35. He then failed to provide a specimen at the police station.

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Mr Andrew Robinson (prosecuting) said: "It does appear he was trying to blow, but he didn't provide a sample of breath." Taylor had a previous conviction for drink driving from 2015.

Mr Bradshaw said Taylor's father had a business and worked hard. He went on: "There's no reason for the defendant to be on benefits. The work is there and that's something I hope I have embarrassed him into doing."

The solicitor said Taylor had been out for tea and was at home when a friend rang, asking for a lift. The defendant went in a car he had saved up for and was fond of.

Mr Bradshaw said: "My reaction is 'if you are fond of it, why did you drive it when you had been drinking?' What you should do is stand up and be a man about it. He should stop wallowing and get himself a job. It's not good enough to say 'life has not been good with me recently.'"

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Taylor, of Todmorden Road, Burnley, admitted failing to provide a specimen of breath for analysis, on October 21st.

He was given a four month curfew, between 6pm and 6am, seven days a week and must pay £85 costs and an £85 victim surcharge. The defendant was banned for three years.