Drink-drive penalty for Burnley ex-soldier
8:00pm Thursday 5th September 2013 in News
A FORMER soldier who crashed his car after attending a regimental reunion has been banned from the roads for 15 months.
Ex-postman Eamon Walsh, 49, had stayed on at the gathering to console a former comrade who was suffering from depression, Burnley magistrates heard.
And after reflecting on their problems, and his own health he stopped off at a pub and had another pint said defence solicitor Geoff Turner.
Prosecutor Andrew Robinson said a resident heard a bang and found his been had been clipped by a passing motorist, and his vehicle had been pushed into his son’s car.
He saw Walsh attempt to drive away - but he grabbed his keys and called the police.
Mr Robinson told magistrates Walsh gave a positive roadside breath test, with an initial reading of 65mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath, the legal limit being 35mg. But when he was taken to the police station he was unable to provide a further specimen of breath.
Walsh, of Chiltern Avenue, Burnley, admitted failing to provide a specimen and was banned from driving for 15 months. He was also ordered to pay a £135 fine with £150 court costs and a £20 victim surcharge.
Mr Turner said his client had served in Northern Ireland and had worked for 15 years as a postman but now he was in poor health.