Preston boss banned for driving Rolls Royce drunk on motorway

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A Preston businessman was a real Phantom menace when he drove his £350,000 Rolls Royce on a motorway while drunk.

Matthew Longworth, boss of Preston-based Vivo Capital, was seen weaving across the lanes onto the hard shoulder and back.

Police were tipped off and arrested the driver of the black drop head Phantom who was found to be over the drink drive limit when he was halted on the M55 at Broughton.

Longworth, 38, who lives in the village of Treales near Kirkham admitted drink 
driving when he appeared 
before Blackpool Magistrates.

He was banned from the road for eighteen months and fined £1,155 with £150 costs.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said: “Police received 
information about a suspected drink driver and then watched as the Rolls Royce weaved across the lanes of the motorway. He told police he had drunk three glasses of wine. However a breath test showed 60 micrograms of alcohol in his body – the limit being 35.”

Magistrates heard that he had originally pleaded not guilty to the offence but had changed his plea.

Tim Vickers, defending, said his client, who had no previous convictions, had been at a business meeting the night of the offence.

Towards the end of a meal he had ordered tonic water, but unknown to him, the man he had the meeting with, had bought him gin and tonics.