Drink driver nearly mowed down woman in Nelson

Burnley Magistrates Court
Burnley Magistrates Court
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A drink-driver more than three times the limit almost mowed down a woman after mounting the pavement in Nelson at 11-20am, a court heard.

Glenn David Glasgow (58) narrowly missed the pedestrian before hitting a bollard on Railway Street. The woman was shocked but unhurt.

Burnley magistrates were told how nearby workmen rushed to the scene and one of them removed the ignition keys to Glasgow’s Vauxhall Corsa.

The unemployed defendant, of Beech Tree Close, Nelson, admitted driving with excess alcohol, on September 9th, and failing to surrender on September 27th.

He was given a two month curfew, between 7pm and 7am, seven days a week and was banned from driving for two years. The defendant must pay an £85 victim surcharge.

The court was told when Glasgow was asked to take a breath test, he said: “I have had a drink. I’m going to be over.”

He blew 116 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath - the legal limit is 35.

Miss Deanne McGinty (defending), told the hearing Glasgow, who was on benefits, had not been in trouble since 1989 and had no other driving offences on his record.

She said: “He had a dispute with his partner and left the address. He tells me he doesn’t drive very often. He has a very bad back.

“He is not a prolific offender and not somebody who drinks and has a habit of offending. Clearly, this has been a one-off event.”

A probation officer who interviewed the defendant said he had drank most evenings “for years and years” and it didn’t impact on his day-to-day life.

Glasgow had had a row with his partner of 30 years, went out and “topped up”.

The officer added: “He’s horrified at what he has done. He’s ashamed. He knows he’s out of order.”