Clayton-le-Moors man failed breath test

First published in Hyndburn

A 26-YEAR-OLD man was breathalysed after he returned to his broken-down van to arrange for it to be towed away.

Blackburn magistrates heard Anthony Worswick had left the vehicle to go home and get a mobile phone, but found police on the scene when he returned.

Worswick, of Brantwood, Clayton-le-Moors, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol. He was fined £250, with £110 costs, and banned from driving for 12 months.

Catherine Allan, prosecuting, said police came across an abandoned van at the junction of Dunkenhalgh Way and Blackburn Road, at about 8am.

At that point, Worswick came back and explained he had gone home to get a working mobile, so he could arrange for the van to be recovered. An officer smelled alcohol and required him to take a breath test.

Andrew Church-Taylor, defending, said Worswick could have denied driving the van, and police would not have been able to prove otherwise. “He was entirely honest with the police,” said Mr Church-Taylor.

“He did not think he would still be over the limit, having been out with friends in Bolton the previous evening.”

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4:19pm Wed 2 Jan 13

TONY WALES says...

I really feel sorry for this man. Not many people would have admitted to the police, he could have said he went home, and drank alcohol, and then returned to the van. He was not caught actually driving.
Really, because he was so honest, his problems are only just beginning.
A 12 month ban, and £360 to pay. Insurance companies will either not insure you, or charge a very high price to insure him to drive again
When you read about some of the court cases committed by drivers in this newspaper, cases where everybody knows the driver is guilty and receives a very light sentence, in some case lives have been lost, it makes you think how much sense, some magistrates have.
I really feel sorry for this man. Not many people would have admitted to the police, he could have said he went home, and drank alcohol, and then returned to the van. He was not caught actually driving. Really, because he was so honest, his problems are only just beginning. A 12 month ban, and £360 to pay. Insurance companies will either not insure you, or charge a very high price to insure him to drive again When you read about some of the court cases committed by drivers in this newspaper, cases where everybody knows the driver is guilty and receives a very light sentence, in some case lives have been lost, it makes you think how much sense, some magistrates have. TONY WALES
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5:36pm Wed 2 Jan 13

mavrick says...

TONY WALES wrote:
I really feel sorry for this man. Not many people would have admitted to the police, he could have said he went home, and drank alcohol, and then returned to the van. He was not caught actually driving.
Really, because he was so honest, his problems are only just beginning.
A 12 month ban, and £360 to pay. Insurance companies will either not insure you, or charge a very high price to insure him to drive again
When you read about some of the court cases committed by drivers in this newspaper, cases where everybody knows the driver is guilty and receives a very light sentence, in some case lives have been lost, it makes you think how much sense, some magistrates have.
Totally agree, I think it is time magistrates were done away with in favour of legal professionals. common sense might prevail. Maybe even sentences to match the crime.
[quote][p][bold]TONY WALES[/bold] wrote: I really feel sorry for this man. Not many people would have admitted to the police, he could have said he went home, and drank alcohol, and then returned to the van. He was not caught actually driving. Really, because he was so honest, his problems are only just beginning. A 12 month ban, and £360 to pay. Insurance companies will either not insure you, or charge a very high price to insure him to drive again When you read about some of the court cases committed by drivers in this newspaper, cases where everybody knows the driver is guilty and receives a very light sentence, in some case lives have been lost, it makes you think how much sense, some magistrates have.[/p][/quote]Totally agree, I think it is time magistrates were done away with in favour of legal professionals. common sense might prevail. Maybe even sentences to match the crime. mavrick
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3:46pm Thu 3 Jan 13

Rich Riley says...

Have i missed something? Driving a vehicle after having so much alcohol the night before that he was still over the drink drive limit! What does it matter what time of day it is? At 8am there are children on their way to school, commuters on their way to work, and all possible victims of a drunk in charge of a van. Sorry, no sympathy here.
Have i missed something? Driving a vehicle after having so much alcohol the night before that he was still over the drink drive limit! What does it matter what time of day it is? At 8am there are children on their way to school, commuters on their way to work, and all possible victims of a drunk in charge of a van. Sorry, no sympathy here. Rich Riley
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