Driving ban for student caught over drink-drive limit

A Clitheroe student was charged with drink-driving.
A Clitheroe student was charged with drink-driving.
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A Clitheroe student was caught almost twice the drink-drive limit after he stopped to chat with his friend in a Spar car park, a court heard.

Timothy Brian Houghton (21) smelled of alcohol when police stopped his vehicle at 2am on Edisford Road, Clitheroe.

Burnley magistrates were told how Houghton blew 68 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

The Keel University student, of Clitheroe Road, Waddington, admitted driving with excess alcohol on February 5. He was fined £120, with £85 costs, a £30 victim surcharge and was banned for 18 months.

Mr Gareth Price, defending, said there was no evidence Houghton had actually driven the car, but he was very honest and told police he had had some alcohol during the day. The solicitor continued : "It was about 90 minutes after he had taken his last drink when he took the short journey to his home. He stopped on the Spar car park for a chat on the way."

Mr Price said : "He effectively relies to a large extent on the bank of mum and dad. His mother will pay within 28 days and he will repay her over time."