A "GOOD DRINK" to celebrate the Christening of his baby daughter cost Marcus Mullen his driving licence when he was breathalysed the following day.

Blackburn magistrates heard that Mullen was stopped in the afternoon of the following day but was still over the legal limit.

Mullen, 30, of Birch Hall Avenue, Darwen, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol. He was fined £100 with £50 costs and disqualified from driving for 12 months. Mullen, who gave a blood alcohol reading of 105 against the legal limit of 80, agreed to be referred to the drink driver rehabilitation programme which, if completed successfully, would reduce his ban by up to 25 per cent.

Kevin Preston, defending, said that following the Christening of his child Mullen had started drinking at midday and had not finished until after midnight. When he drove the following afternoon he had no idea he would be over the limit.