Barnoldswick man caught drink-driving on trip for cigarettes

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A DRINK-driver caught out in the early hours was almost twice the limit when stopped by police.

Pennine magistrates heard how Matthew Hacking, said to have been driving erratically and speeding, pulled over when officers put on their blue lights. Police could smell alcohol on his breath and a breath test revealed 69 micrograms of alcohol in 100ml of breath. The legal limit is 35.

Hacking (25), of Cobden Street, Barnoldswick, admitted driving with excess alcohol, in Burnley Road, Colne, on August 19th.

He was fined £300, banned for 20 months, and must pay £85 costs and pay a £15 victim surcharge.

Mr Nick Dearing, for Hacking, said he was in full time work and had been to a party the night before. He had been driving a relatively short distance to buy some cigarettes.

The solicitor added: “He pulled over straight away and fully co-operated with police at that point.”