'Happy drunk' in Nelson to stick to two wheels in the future

Police described the defendant as "boisterous, excitable, and playful."
Police described the defendant as "boisterous, excitable, and playful."
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A "happy drunk" driver more than twice the limit will not lose his job as he will be sticking to two wheels instead of four, a court heard.

Fabricator/welder John Greaves (32) was spotted by police at 9.30pm as he went on the wrong side of the road and nearly crashed into a parked car. Mrs Alex Mann, prosecuting, told Burnley magistrates that caused the officers alarm, saying: "It was clear he needed to be stopped."

The father-of-two at first told police he had had two pints, but had drank a lot the night before. When an officer said they did not believe it, he replied: "No, I have been drinking all day."

The prosecutor added: "Police describe him as boisterous, excitable, and playful. Clearly, he was a happy drunk."

Greaves blew 89 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath when he was tested at the police station. The legal limit is 35.

The defendant, of Regent Street in Nelson, admitted driving with excess alcohol on Regent Street on January 5th. He was fined £360, with £85 costs and a £36 victim surcharge and was banned for 20 months.

Mr Philip Turner, defending, said Greaves had split up with his long-term partner and he had moved into a house on Regent Street.

The solicitor continued: "It was old fashioned, it was drab, and it was a very depressing place to live. He had been working that day, had gone out for a drink after work and had not intended to stay as long as he did.

"He was in no rush to get back to his rented accommodation," he added. "He stayed out longer than he anticipated and made the ridiculous decision to drive home, a fairly short distance. "In order to keep fit, he cycles to and from work. He doesn't anticipate he will lose his employment as a result of the inevitable disqualification."