Pensioner disqualified from driving after police find him slumped over steering wheel

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A 66-year-old man found asleep, slumped over the wheel of his car on a Blackburn supermarket car park, was more than double the drink drive limit.

Blackburn magistrates heard Alastair Peter Treanor had intended to drive home to Clitheroe until his wife realised there was something wrong and ordered him to stop.

Treanor, of Washbrook Close, Barrow, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol. He was fined £120 and ordered to pay £150 criminal court charge, £85 costs and £20 victim surcharge. He was disqualified from driving for 17 months after the court heard he gave a reading of 83 against the legal limit of 35.

Andy Robinson, prosecuting, said a police officer had parked on the Tesco car park in Blackburn at 3-30 pm and when she looked at the car next to her saw a man with his head bowed and eyes closed slumped over the steering wheel.

“She was concerned, but when she woke him up noticed his breath smelled of alcohol,” said Mr Robinson. “He confirmed he had driven to the car park.”

Angela Rossi, defending, said Treanor had been to the Calypso restaurant on Eanam Wharf to meet some friend. He had two halves of lager and two shorts.

“He still can’t explain the level of the reading,” said Miss Rossi. “His wife said she knew he wasn’t fit to carry on driving and she had taken the keys and was intending to call a taxi to get them home.”