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PhD student caught drink driving in Blackburn
11:39am Wednesday 21st August 2013 in News
A PhD student will be going back to ‘school’ to learn about drink driving after his third conviction for the offence.
Blackburn magistrates heard Timothy Hodgkinson was more than three times the legal limit when he was stopped driving into Blackburn from his home in Salford.
And the Salford University student blamed the stress of the imminent publication of his PhD research for his latest lapse.
Hodgkinson, 42, of Cross Lane, Salford Quays, admitted to driving with excess alcohol. He was made subject to a curfew between 7 pm and 7 am for 28 days, banned from driving for 36 months and ordered to pay £60 victim surcharge.
Stephen Barker, defending, had intended to get a taxi to Blackburn but was unable to get any cash from the machine and foolishly decided to drive.
Mr Barker said Hodkinson had turned his life round following his last conviction for drink driving in 2005.
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