Ex-soldier’s drink-drive ban after Padiham crash

Burnley Magistrates Court.
Burnley Magistrates Court.
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An over-the-limit ex-soldier has been ordered off the roads for more than three years after he smashed into a house.

Burnley magistrates heard how Daniel Alderson (29) tried to make off after the near-midnight crash in St John’s Road, Padiham, on March 20th. He had 72 micrograms of alcohol in 100ml of breath – above the legal limit of 35.

Alderson, a scaffolder, of Lancaster Drive, Padiham, was not insured, but claimed he thought he was covered. He had a previous conviction for drink driving from 2009.

The defendant admitted driving with excess alcohol and having no insurance. He was banned for 39 months, fined £150 and told to pay £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

Prosecutor Andrew Robinson said, about 11-30pm, officers went to St John’s Road, after a report a car had collided with a house and the driver had attempted to make off from the scene.

Other people were there and the defendant was identified as having been behind the wheel. Officers spoke to him and he admitted he had been driving the vehicle and had been stupid. Police noted he had been drinking and he was arrested and taken to the police station, where the lowest of two breath samples showed 72 micrograms of alcohol.

Jeremy Frain (defending) said Alderson apologised profusely. In interview, he said the car had been owned by his girlfriend. He had had four cans of lager and thought he was fit to drive.

“He acknowledged he was foolish in his thinking and risked injury to himself and others. He believed he was covered by his girlfriend’s insurance.”