IT was third time unlucky for a drinker who had twice come to the attention of the police.

Blackburn magistrates heard Milos Holan was arrested on the third occasion and spent 60 hours in the cells before the hearing.

Holan, 53, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly in Audley Range, Blackburn.

He was fined £120 with £40 costs and £30 victim surcharge which the magistrates said would be deemed paid if he remained on the court corridor until the close of the morning’s business.

Catherine Allan, prosecuting, said Holan had caused trouble at a petrol station and then caused damage to a car.

She said: “The police were involved again when he attacked a friend, who didn’t want to make a complaint.

“In the end the police had no option but to arrest him.”

Deborah Morgan, defending, said Holan had not been in trouble since he moved to the UK in 2007.

Miss Morgan said: “He accepts that on Friday he drank to excess and that he was a nuisance.

“He wasn’t fit to be charged in time to be put before the courts on Saturday."