POLICE attention was drawn to a car being driven at speed with smoke coming from a flat tyre.
Blackburn magistrates heard Leon James Harwood claimed he had panicked after hitting a traffic island and puncturing the tyre.
Harwood, 34, of Dove Lane, Darwen, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol, without insurance and other than in accordance with a licence. He was fined £450 with £85 costs and £180 victim surcharge. He was banned from driving for 22 months.
Natasha Clark, prosecuting, said officers on mobile patrol saw a car being driven in the opposite direction at speed with smoke coming from a front wheel.
“When they stopped the vehicle the front tyre was completely flat and there was a strong smell of burning rubber,” said Miss Clark.
Simon Farnsworth, defending, said his client had borrowed the car from a friend and had panicked when he had a puncture.
“He accepts that he is an alcoholic and has been for some time,” said Mr Farnsworth. “Despite his problems he holds down a full-time job.”
He said on the night of the incident his client had rowed with his partner and went to see a friend.
“For some reason he can’t explain he asked the friend if he could borrow his car,” said Mr Farnsworth.