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Car crash barman from Burnley was over the limit
12:58pm Friday 22nd February 2013 in News
A COCKTAIL barman was found to be almost twice the limit after he crashed his car in the early hours, a court was told.
Jack Higgins, 21, immediately approached the police and told them he had been the driver and sole occupant of the Fiat Punto when officers arrived at the scene on Ormerod Street, Burnley, at 5.40am, the town’s magistrates heard.
Police could smell alcohol on his breath and the defendant accepted he had been drinking and apologised. Higgins provided a positive roadside breath test and immediately told the officers he had made a big mistake and his actions were out of character.
The hearing was told the defendant had an injury to his arm and was taken to hospital, where a blood sample was taken. It showed 158 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. The legal limit is 80.
Higgins, of Boundary Street, Burnley, admitted driving with excess alcohol, last October 28. He was fined £200, with £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge. He was banned for 17 months. The defendant had no previous convictions.