Padiham man (49) jailed for 61st driving offence

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A Padiham man who appeared in court for his 61st offence of driving while disqualified was jailed by Blackburn magistrates.

The court heard Terry John James Mulleny was more than double the drink drive limit when he was caught behind the wheel. And the magistrates said he had shown “total disregard” for court orders.

Mulleny (49), of Lancaster Drive, Padiham, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol, while disqualified and without insurance. He was jailed for 18 weeks and banned from driving for five years.

Catherine Allan (prosecuting), said it was Mulleny’s 61st conviction for driving while disqualified and his second for driving with excess alcohol. She said the latest period of disqualification had expired but he was disqualified until passing a re-test.

At 2-30 am on January 11th an off-duty police sergeant, on his way home from work, saw a car being driven erratically on the M65.

He reported the incident and followed the car which was being driven by Mulleny. He drove off the motorway and was eventually arrested by uniformed officers after driving around Clayton-le-Moors.