Young driver in police chase was twice legal limit

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A young driver caught over the limit had been trying to stop his friend getting in trouble after a drinking session, a court heard.

Burnley magistrates were told how Scott Kenyon (21) had seen a pleasant evening turn into a nightmare when he made the “ misguided” attempt to assist his pal.

Kenyon turned out to be more than twice the limit when he was pursued in the friend’s BMW by police operating their lights and sirens in the early hours.

Kenyon blew 82 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath when he was tested after the incident on Barrowford Road, Higham, last December 27. The legal limit is 35.

The defendant, of Sawley Road, Chatburn, admitted driving with excess alcohol, no licence, no insurance and failing to stop. He was banned for 20 months, fined £120 and must pay £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

The court was told at 2.40am, police received information a white BMW was being driven from Hurst Green, and the person behind the wheel was suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol. It was requested to stop but didn’t and finally slowed down and stopped after two -and -and -half miles.

Glen Smith, defending Kenyon, said he had had no intention of driving. He had been out with his friend in Hurst Green.

The solicitor said:”’It became clear his friend was not fit to drive and he made an extremely irrational decision, but at that time he thought the thing to do was to help his friend.

“ He didn’t want his friend to get into trouble, but in doing so he has created a problem for himself.”

Mr Smith said a pleasant evening for the defendant had turned into a nightmare.

He told the court he was in a” frozen state of mind,” when the police wanted to stop him, adding:” He has no experience of this at all and did not know what to do.”