Padiham scaffolder ‘three times drink-drive limit’

Burnley Magistrates Court.
Burnley Magistrates Court.
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A scaffolder who got behind the wheel while almost three times the limit has been banned for 18 months for what he called a “big mistake”.

Burnley magistrates were told how Christopher Payne (28) was stopped in the early hours of a Sunday morning and police could smell alcohol on his breath.

Payne admitted driving with excess alcohol in Church Street, Padiham, on October 11th.

The defendant, of Dean Street, Padiham, had no previous convictions,

He was fined £400, with £85 costs and must pay a £150 criminal courts charge and a £40 victim surcharge.

Parveen Akhtar (prosecuting) told the court the defendant was stopped at 2-30am due to the manner of his driving.

He failed a roadside breath test and at the police station gave a test showing 90 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath – the legal limit is 35.

Payne, who was not represented by a solicitor, said: “It was just a mistake. I’ve never done it before. It was a big mistake.”

The defendant added he now had a new working partner - a scaffolder who worked in a team - who would pick him up for work.