Road ban man wanted kebab

Blackpool Magistrates Court.
Blackpool Magistrates Court.

A carer who had never passed a driving test was caught committing his third offence of drink-driving when he went for a kebab.

Gary Tallett was more than twice over the alcohol limit and banned from the road when he was apprehended by officers taking part in Lancashire police’s New Year anti drink-drive campaign.

What you did was utterly dangerous and stupid and we can only all be grateful nothing worse happened

Tallett, 53, of Lightburne Avenue, St Annes, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol while disqualified and without insurance.

He was sentenced to13 weeks jail suspended for 12 months with up to 20 days rehabilitation to be supervised by the probation service, put on an eight weeks curfew from 9pm to 6am, ordered to pay £85 costs with £80 victims’ surcharge and banned from the road for four years by District Judge Jeff Brailsford sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court. The judge told him: “What you did was utterly dangerous and stupid and we can only all be grateful nothing worse happened.”

Prosecutor, Pam Smith, said police on mobile patrol saw Tallett driving a Citroen Picasso on Clifton Drive South, St Annes on January 3 at 12.45am. He braked sharply and turned into Lightburne Avenue before stopping outside his address.Tallett initially denied driving then admitted: “I have driven to Zeko’s for a kebab.” A breath test showed 78 microgrammes of alcohol - 35 is the limit.

When interviewed he said he had believed his previous four-year ban had ended. Tallatt said the car had not been driven for a few weeks so he decided to drive round the block. He had two previous convictions for drink-driving and driving without insurance and one previous conviction for driving while disqualified.

David Charnley, defending, said his client had clearly taken a foolish risk in driving after drinking beer.

He was contrite and upset. Tallett had believed his previous ban had expired.