Landlord of Colne pub is fined after admitting drink driving

Burnley Magistrates' Court
Burnley Magistrates' Court
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The landlord of the Crown Hotel in Colne has been caught more than twice the drink-drive limit after he was spotted “swerving a little” going onto the M65.

Noel Buckley (45) was seen by the police at about 11pm in Barrowford. Prosecutor Mrs Alex Mann told Burnley magistrates: “They were a little concerned and pulled the defendant over. He co-operated.”

The court heard Buckley blew 84 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

The defendant, of the Crown Hotel in Albert Road, Colne, admitted driving with excess alcohol in Albert Road on November 8th.

He was fined £150, with £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge and was banned for 22 months. The bench offered him the chance to go on a drink drivers’ rehabilitation course.

Buckley, who gave his occupation as company director, had no previous convictions.

Mr Glen Smith (defending) told the hearing: “He says ‘I frown, very much so, on this sort of behaviour. On this occasion, it’s entirely my own fault, I have made a mistake’.”

Mr Smith said the defendant had held a driving licence for 18 years and didn’t know how the offence had happened.

He added: “He accepts that he made, as a 45-year-old man, an error of judgement.”

Mr Smith said Buckley, who had been a “completely law-abiding person”, understood the penalties for the offence. He added: “It will cost him dearly.”