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Porsche driver jailed over booze crash lie

Preston Crown Court

Preston Crown Court

A drink driver who crashed his sports car and then tried to blame the accident on his partner has been jailed for eight months.

Preston Crown Court heard James Walmsley had been on a night out with his then girlfriend when plans to visit the theatre in Manchester fell through and the couple began drinking heavily.

Richard Haworth, prosecuting, said the pair argued and decided to return to Blackpool where they were living at the time.

Walmsley went to get his convertible Porsche from a car park.

The couple travelled on the motorway back to Blackpool at a fast speed, the court heard.

As they were travelling along Progress Way, approaching Blackpool Airport, the defendant lost control and the car crashed into a barrier.

Prosecutors said considerable damage was caused to the front end of the vehicle.

Walmsley’s partner also hit her head on the windscreen.

She ended up walking home and Walmsley told two passersby she had been driving the car.

Police were called to the incident, which happened on April 13, and the woman ended up being breathalysed and arrested.

The court heard Walmsley, 49, then went on to give a signed statement to police, saying his partner had been the driver.

The truth was uncovered by a police investigation but the victim had to wait some time before being informed no proceedings would be taken against her.

Walmsley, now of Stump Lane, Chorley, pleaded guilty to an act intended to pervert the course of justice and also driving without due care and attention.

Jon Close, defending, said: “Nothing I can say can excuse his deplorable conduct.

“It was foolhardy in the extreme.

“Independent witnesses had seen his girlfriend leaving through the driver’s door. He made a spontaneous decision to put her name forward.

“Once he had told a lie he felt committed to it. His biggest mistake was after that.”

Jailing Walmsley for eight months, Judge Simon Newell told him: “It was down to reckless drunken driving that you hit the central reservation.”

An 18-month driving ban was also imposed.

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