Teacher crashed his car drink driving

A Burnley teacher who crashed his car while almost twice the drink-drive limit blamed medication he was on for getting behind the wheel, a court heard.

Thursday, 2nd March 2017, 1:56 pm
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 11:12 am
Burnley Magistrates' Court

Adam Booth (29) was taken to hospital after the smash in his Ford Fiesta on Pendle Way in Burnley, last December 22nd.

Booth's solicitor handed the bench character references on the defendant's behalf when he appeared before the town's magistrates.

Booth, of Foxcroft, Burnley, admitted driving with excess alcohol. He was banned for 17 months and was fined £420, with £85 costs and a £42 victim surcharge. The defendant had no previous convictions.

Prosecutor Mrs Alex Mann told the hearing: "Police spoke to the defendant after coming across a road traffic accident. He co-operated with the police and he was taken to hospital because of the accident. The reading was taken from him there. It was 154 millilitres of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood, just under twice the limit." The legal limit is 80.

"He gave a full explanation to the police at the time. He didn't remember much about it. He remembered having an altercation with somebody and he was arrested soon after."

Mr David Lawson (defending) said the character references painted Booth in a very favourable light and illustrated incident was isolated. The solicitor said the defendant had had a very traumatic 12 months. He had been suffering from illness and had been prescribed medication.

Sentencing, bench chairman Mr Graham Jagger told Booth: "We have read the character references, including one from the headteacher of the school at which you work, which goes in your favour and explains your good character. You have no previous convictions of any nature at all."