A drink driver who got behing the wheel of an Audi A3 after a night out celebrating Eid had been on a drink drivers’ awareness course in the months before the offence.
Wajid Hussain, 23, Cliffe Court, Preston, pleaded gulty to dangerous driving and drink driving after being spotted driving errarically around Preston.
At around 1.10pm on Tuesday July 29, police followed the Audi, driven by Hussain, with the lights and sirens on.
Rather than pulling over, Hussain forced his way through the traffic on a number of occasions.
As Hussain weaved through the traffic, cars had to take evasive action and brake to avoid collision.
When he eventually pulled over, officers noticed Hussain’s eyes were glazed and he smelled of alcohol.
The driver admitted he had been drinking Jack Daniels and vodka the night before but told officers he thought he would be safe to drive by that time.
He gave a breath sample of 65 microgrammes of alcohol in 100ml of breath – almost twice the legal limit.
Hussain had only recently started driving again after being banned for drink driving and taking a retest.
He undertook an awareness course where the effects of alcohol and the rate at which it is metabolised was discussed.
Using the information he had learned, Hussain calculated he would be safe to drive but misjudged how much alcohol was in his system.
Recorder Anna Vigers, sentencing, said: “There were many others who were put in danger – real danger.”
She handed Hussain a six month sentence suspended for 24 months with with a four month curfew and 200 hours of unpaid work in the community, plus a three-year ban. He will have to take an extended retest before he is allowed to drive again.