Drunk man is found at wheel

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A MAN has escaped a driving ban after being found drunk and slumped over the steering wheel. Stephen Tansey pleaded guilty to a charge of being in charge of a vehicle while unfit through drink at Wigan and Leigh Magistrates’ Court.

The court heard Tansey was intoxicated when police found him in his car at around 3.10am at Lowton’s McDonalds carpark while the engine was running and windscreen wipers going.

Prosecuting Steve Woodman explained officers were originally called to check on the defendant after he was spotted by passers-by. When woken, he revealed he had been kicked out of his home by his partner. A breathalyser test found Tansey to have 63 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.

Defending James Towey said Tansey had been suffering with severe depression and anxiety and things had come to a breaking point that “dark” weekend.

The 34-year-old of Gosling Road, Croft, Warrington, was given 10 penalty points and ordered to pay a £335 fine, £150 criminal court costs, victim surcharge £33 and costs of £85.