Drunk’s pledge never to drive

Crime story
Crime story

A MOTORIST caught behind the wheel while nearly three times the drink drive limit has vowed never to drive again.

Leslie Finch said that, as a result of his vow, there was no point offering him a drink driver rehabilitation course to reduce his ban.

The 49-year-old admitted drink driving, driving without insurance and without a valid licence and a bail act offence before Wigan Magistrates’ Court this week.

The court heard how Finch was stopped while driving a Renault Megane along Brook Street in Ince shortly after 1pm on March 20 after police noticed one of his lights was broken.

When they spoke to the defendant they could smell booze on his breath and he failed a roadside breath test.

A probation officer told how Finch had gone on a two-day booze binge after suffering from a period of “emotional stress”.

Finch, of Chatham Street, Ince, told the court: “I regret getting in the car and realise my actions were wrong. There are no mitigating circumstances whatsoever. There’s no excuse for drinking and driving.”

Magistrates handed Finch a nine-month community order and ordered him to complete a six-month alcohol treatment requirement.