Son who went to save sister was over limit

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court

A son acting as a Good Samaritan to help his sister was just over the alcohol limit when stopped by police.

Christian Cherry had been asked by his mother to pick up her sister who had been attacked by a man in Blackpool.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, told Blackpool magistrates police saw Cherry driving a Fiat Punto on Copse Road, Fleetwood, and stopped him for a routine check on his documents on December 14 at 3.15am.

An officer could smell alcohol on him and a blood test showed 95 milligrams of alcohol in his body – 80 is the limit.

Cherry, 23, of Pennine View, Dock Street, Fleetwood, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol.

He was banned from the road for 12 months and fined £100 plus £85 costs with £20 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Gerry Coyle, defending, said his client, who had no previous convictions, had drunk two pints of lager that night. But he added that Cherry was of slight stature and had eaten nothing.

His mother then got a call from her sister saying she had been attacked.

Mr Coyle added: “The sister was distressed.

“My client’s mum asked him to go and get her, so he acted as a Good Samaritan.”

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