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Ribble Valley over-limit chef refused blood test
11:00pm Friday 21st September 2012 in News
A RIBBLE Valley chef who narrowly failed a breathalyser declined the chance of giving blood because he said he ‘wasn’t trying to get out of it’.
Blackburn magistrates heard Leighton James Knowles gave a reading of 45 against the legal limit of 35.
And Liz Parker, defending, said if he had availed himself of the opportunity to give blood he may well have been under the limit.
“That would have been my advice to him but as you have heard he was totally co-operative and straightforward with the police,” she said.
Knowles, of Whalley Road, Clitheroe, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol. He was given a conditional discharge for 18 months, banned for 12 months and ordered to pay £85 costs.
Mrs Parker said Knowles, trained by celebrity chef Andrew Nutter in Rochdale, works at the Spread Eagle, Sawley. “He has sold his car and cycles to work,” she said.