Drink driver was three times over limit

Burnley Magistrates' Court
Burnley Magistrates' Court

A suspected drink-driver who blew almost three times the limit after he crashed into a new car claimed he had had alcohol following the smash to calm his nerves, a court heard.

Burnley magistrates were told how Stephen Jackson gave tests showing 85 and then 90 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath after the collision and the other motorist, whose Peugeot was damaged, alleged the defendant was “intoxicated.” The legal limit is 35.

Jackson had left the scene and gone home after the 4-15pm accident on Old Accrington Road in the town and later refused to give a police station breath test.

He has previously suffered a heart attack, a stroke and has been off work nine years after an accident there.

His solicitor Mr Daniel Frazer told the court: “He may give off the impression of somebody who may well be intoxicated when he is not.”

Jackson (51) of Coal Clough Lane, Burnley, admitted failing to stop after an accident, falling to report an accident, driving without due care and attention and failing to provide a specimen for analysis, on September 14th.

He was banned for 17 months, and given a six-week curfew, between 7pm and 7am, seven days a week.

The defendant must pay £85 costs and an £85 victim surcharge.

He had no previous convictions.