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Blackburn student's American dream risked by drink-drive offence
11:45am Wednesday 16th October 2013 in News
A UNIVERSITY student’s American dream was shattered by a drink-driving offence.
Blackburn magistrates heard Alexander Luke Shipston was breathalysed after crashing into a parked car while on a ‘booze run’ in Great Harwood.
And the court was told the conviction would have far reaching consequences for the 19-year-old student and part-time chef.
Shipston, of Primrose Street, Blackburn, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol.
He was banned from driving for 18 months, and fined £110, with £80 costs.
Jonathan Taylor, defending, said his client had no previous convictions, but would pay dearly for his first lapse.
He was studying at Lancaster University, but would now have to switch to Blackburn to complete his studies.
He also had a part-time job as a chef in a Ribble Valley pub and, if he was to continue with that job, would have to use his bicycle to get there and back.
“He was hoping to do a placement in the USA, but this conviction may prevent that,” said Mr Taylor.
“Thankfully, nobody was hurt as a result of him driving on this night, and he is the only one who will suffer,” said Mr Taylor.
“He now realises that when his friends asked him to drive to the shop for more alcohol, he should have been stronger and said ‘no’.”
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