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Carlisle man admits being drunk on pedal cycle

Neil Edwards leaving court

A Carlisle man has appeared before District Judge Gerald Chalk sitting at North and West Cumbria Magistrates Court in Carlisle this morning (TUES).

Neil Alexander Edwards, 49, pleaded guilty to riding a pedal-cycle while under the influence of alcohol.

Prosecuting Pam Ward said on July 13, he was riding his pedal-cycle on the junction of Wood Street and Mount Florida in the Botcherby area of the city, when he was incapable of having control of the pedal-cycle.

The defendant collided with a pedestrian who was knocked to the ground, this caused the victim, a 64-year-old “lorry- driver” to fracture his elbow, the collision occurred around 7pm Edwards left the scene but a witness informed police where he was.

The prosecutor told the judge that police officers asked if Edwards would take a brethyliser test, he agreed, the reading given was 90mcrg of alcohol in 100ml of breath, the legal limit for driving a car is 35mcrg.

The victim wrote to the court explaining he was off work for over six-weeks and did not get paid so lost over £2,000 in wages, he has a screw and a plate in his arm and still needs physiotherapy.

Edwards of Oakleigh Way, Carlisle, said he was sorry for the accident and injury caused; he was having personal-problems at the time.

He was fined £75 with prosecution costs of £85 and a victim’s surcharge of £32; he has pay compensation of £250 to the victim.

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