A chef driving home from a meal out crashed into a lamp post as he tried to negotiate a roundabout on the A 59. Blackburn magistrates heard Michael Dilworth was later found to be nearly three times the legal drink drive limit.
Dilworth (24), of St Denys Croft, Clitheroe, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol. He was ordered to do 40 hours unpaid work, pay £145 costs and banned from driving for 24 months.
Simon Gretton (defending) said his client, a chef at The Swan with Two Necks, Pendleton, had been out with a friend and after half-a-pint of lager they shared a bottle of wine. “He initially thought he had just had a couple of glasses of wine with his meal but accepts by virtue of the reading he must have had more,” said Mr Gretton.