A man has been banned from driving for 18 months at Burnley Magistrates Court and lost any chance he had of pursuing his dream career, after being convicted of drink driving.
The 28-year-old company director crashed his car while driving under the influence and had to be cut free from the wreckage by the fire.
He was rushed to hospital in Preston where he was thought to have suffered life-threatening injuries following the accident outside the Anchor Inn, Salterforth, at around 2am on Saturday 15th April.
It later transpired that he had suffered a broken jaw and eye socket while twice the legal drink driving limit. Blood tests showed him to have 170mg alcohol per 100ml blood where the legal limit is 80mg.
Carl Gaffney for the prosecution told the court that the man, who is director of a motorbike parts manufacturer, had expressed his shame, indicating his guilty plea.
“He is shocked by his behaviour and he fully takes on board the seriousness of what he has done. The consequences of this will prove a real challenge in the future.”
Mitigating for her client, who has no previous convictions, Selina Akhtar said that he had been out drinking with friends and watching the Grand National.
Originally planning to walk home, he decided to drive instead. “Thankfully, it was a quiet time of night. It could have been a lot worse,” she said.
She went on to explain that the defendant had wanted to pursue a career in the fire service as a fireman, but because of his conviction for drink driving would no longer be able to. This has caused him a great deal of upset.
“He has not had a drink of alcohol since this incident,” she added.
The man pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol and driving without due care and attention. In addition to the 18-month ban, Magistrates fined him £368, plus £85 costs.
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