A sales representative died from liver failure after being warned by medics never to drink again, an inquest has heard.

Steven Mark Lumb, 52, of Rishton, was diagnosed with liver disease in February 2022.

The inquest at Accrington Town Hall heard that Steven was admitted to hospital in August 2022 and was told never to drink again at risk of ending his life.

He was put on a waiting list for a liver transplant at Leeds Transplant Clinic, and was told to abstain from drinking for six months.

But on Sunday, November 27 2022, Steven drove his blue Ford car through Preston and ended up being forced to stop at the Ribble River as he was 'all over the road'.

Witness David Barton was driving alongside Steven and called the police as he suspected a drink driver.

He said in a statement: "At 3pm I was taking my children back to their mother's when I saw a car driving all over, and nearly hit a woman and her baby in another car.

"He almost hit pedestrians and was completely oblivious to me telling him to pull over."

When police arrested Stephen, they recorded that he had alcohol levels of 42 milligrams of alcohol in his breath, over the legal limit of 35mg per 100ml.

The next day, his wife Dawn Lumb rang ambulance services after Steven was hallucinating at home.

Tests at Royal Blackburn Hospital showed Steven's heart rate had slowed down and he began to look yellow, as toxins from his liver had entered his brain.

This caused a bleed on Steven's brain and was transferred to Royal Preston Hospital for intensive care.

However, on Thursday, December 1, 2022, Steven died from a brain haemorrhage due to significant bleeding and blood clots from his liver disease.

Coroner Kate Bisset concluded Steven died of natural causes.

She said: "Although Steven was drink driving days before his death, I am satisfied that this event did not cause his death, and it was actually a result of the bleed on his brain causing his erratic behaviour.

"I wish to pass on my sincere condolences."