Colne father almost three times over drink-drive limit after 'tiff' with spouse

The defendant was almost three times over the limit.
The defendant was almost three times over the limit.
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A retired engineer was caught almost three times the drink-drive limit after he crashed his van into two parked cars, a court heard.

Burnley magistrates were told how John Taylor (66) had got behind the wheel after a "tiff" with his wife. He had been on his way to his daughter's house when the 9pm accident happened on Church Street in Barrowford.

Taylor blew 101 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath at the police station. The legal limit is 35. He was said by his solicitor to feel "utter self-disgust," at what he had done. Mr Nick Dearing told the court: "He didn't realise he would be over the limit from drinking earlier in the day."

Prosecutor Miss Parveen Akhtar said Taylor, who had no previous convictions, expressed full remorse when he was interviewed by police. Mr Dearing described Church Street as a narrow road with cars parked both sides. The solicitor continued: "It seems he has made a brief miscalculation. He did stop. He made no attempt to leave. He waited for the police."

Mr Dearing said the defendant wouldn't have driven if he thought he was over the limit. He added: "It's always a shame to see people such as Mr Taylor in court."

The defendant, of Foulds Close in Colne, admitted driving with excess alcohol on March 30th. He was fined £200, with £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge and was banned for 24 months.