Drink-driver tried to flee from police

Blackpool Magistrates Court

Blackpool Magistrates Court

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A driver who was almost three times over the limit had to be chased and caught by police when he tried to flee.

Jonathan Collin first came to the attention of the police after he cornered his Range Rover with the tyres screeching.

Collin, 26, of Grosvenor Close, Poulton, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol. He had a previous drink-driving conviction from 2008.

District Judge Jeff Brailsford, sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court, told him: “It is a huge shame you did not think first. Cars and alcohol simply do not mix.”

Nicola Corney, prosecuting, said the incident happened on September 13 at 3.30am, when police saw Collin driving on Cookson Street. He had two passengers and took a corner with tyres screeching.

Collin stopped his vehicle on Dickson Road and walked towards the police patrol, but then turned and fled.

He was caught after a short chase. A breath test showed 93 micrograms of alcohol – 35 is the limit.

Brian Williams, defending, told the judge: “He behaved foolishly and appears before you with a considerable sense of shame, because he has let himself and his parents down.

“He made a stupid decision. When he saw the police his heart sank. It was not a serious attempt to evade the police.”

Collin had now lost his job as an electrician because he was required to drive. He had taken courses to work off-shore, and was waiting for a vacancy.

He was sentenced to do 80 hours’ unpaid work, put on 12 months’ supervision, must take a drink-impaired driver’s course, was banned from the road for 42 months and ordered to pay £85 costs with £60 victims’ surcharge.