Drink-driver was almost twice limit

Burnley Magistrates' Court
Burnley Magistrates' Court

A fire alarm technician caught almost twice the drink drive limit will lose his job as well as his licence, a court heard.

Burnley magistrates were told how 53-year-old Timothy Anthony Picton wouldn’t get in the police van when he was stopped just after midnight on the night of the offence. Officers had seen him going over the 20mph speed limit when they were parked up.

Picton, of Emmott Lane, Laneshaw Bridge, admitted driving with excess alcohol on Keighley Road, Laneshaw Bridge, and resisting police on October 22nd.

He was fined £250, with £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge and was also banned from driving for 17 months.

The court was told the defendant blew 60 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35. He had no previous convictions.

Mr Nick Cassidy, defending Picton, told the hearing he was thoroughly ashamed to be in court.

The consequences of what he had done would be quite catastrophic for him, but he accepted he had only himself to blame.

The solicitor said the defendant had travelled across the North of England in his job and unfortunately he was going to lose his employment.

Mr Cassidy said Picton’s father-in-law had passed away just before he committed the offence.

He continued: “He was persuaded, against his better judgement, to stay for a beer.

“Ordinarily, he doesn’t drink as the majority of the time he is on call or caring for his child.

“At that point, he felt fine to drive. He left the premises, bought some food and was on the way home when he was stopped by the police.”

Mr Cassidy added: “He has learnt a very harsh lesson and assures me he will never make the same mistake again.”