Drink driving teenager will have to retake test

Burnley Magistrates Court
Burnley Magistrates Court

A Barnoldswick teenager found almost three times the drink-drive limit will have to take his test again, a court heard.

Burnley magistrates were told how Jake Matthew Broughton (18), who was not insured, had been arrested after he passed a police car which then followed him.

At the police station, the defendant, said to have had six bottles of lager, blew 95 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath - the legal limit is 35.

Broughton, a sales worker in a Skipton phone shop, will become a learner driver again when he is allowed back behind the wheel, as he only passed his test just over a year ago.

The defendant, of Beech Street, admitted driving with excess alcohol and no insurance in Green Road, Colne, on June 19th.

He received a two month curfew, between 9pm and 6am and must pay £85 costs and an £85 victim surcharge. The defendant was banned for two years.

Geoff Ireland (defending) told the hearing Broughton’s insurance had lapsed because he failed to renew it and he was aware it had.

He went to visit some friends and had a drink and was driving a relatively short distance across Colne to a friend’s house to stay the night. He had been stopped because his car was flagged up as not insured.

Mr Ireland continued: “He’s going to be off the road for a sizeable length of time because of his age. He passed his test just over a year ago and is going to revert to provisional status.

“I am instructed the vehicle has been repossessed by his mum.”