A DRIVER who overran a junction and collided with another car claimed he had been distracted by teenage yobs throwing something at his car.

Blackburn magistrates heard Robert Harry Browne was found to be over the drink-drive limit.

And the court was heard it was his third excess alcohol conviction.

Browne, 31, of Hob Green, Mellor, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol. He was fined £600 with £60 victim surcharge and £85 costs and banned from driving for 36 months.

Tracy Yates, prosecuting, said at 8pm Browne failed to give way and travelled onto Logwood Street into the path of another car.

When a police officer arrived Browne admitted he had had a couple of drinks.

Jonathan Taylor, defending, said his client also mentioned to the police that there had been a number of youths congregating near the junction and one of them had thrown something at his car.

"He was afraid others may follow his lead and he was distracted by that," said Mr Taylor.

"Whatever was thrown caused damage to his car which he showed to the police officer."

Mr Taylor said Browne worked in pyrotechnics, setting up firework displays all over the country.

"He had been for a couple of drinks after work and clearly misjudged the amount he had to drink," said Mr Taylor.