Blackpool: From the courts 11-05-17

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court

Here is a round-up of some of the cases at Blackpool Magistrates Court.

Scott Dewhurst, 32, drink-driving, failing to stop

A man panicked when he saw a police car tailing his own vehicle.

Scott Dewhurst tried to evade being halted by taking a route through the town centre, at one stage reaching a speed of 50mph in a 30 mph limit.

The 32-year-old, of Talbot Road, finally pulled up and tried to escape on foot but was eventually caught by officers.

Dewhurst admitted drink-driving and failing to stop for a policeman when he appeared before magistrates.

He was banned from the road for 14 months, fined £120 and ordered to pay £115 costs.

His lawyer David Charnley told the hearing:”It was a moment of pure panic ... a big mistake and this is the first time he has ever appeared in court.”

Here is Wednesday’s round-up of cases at Blackpool Magistrates Court 10-05-17

John Bailey, 38, drug-driving, failure to stop after accident and possession of cannabis

A man had a cocktail of cannabis and cocaine in his body when he lost control of his Audi as he drove through Fleetwood.

The vehicle crashed into two houses on Belmont Road, causing damage to two front doors.

Witnesses said they then saw driver John Bailey reverse the car away from the damage.

He then got out and hobbled off.

Bailey, 38, of Clifton Road, Fleetwood, admitted drug driving and failing to stop after an accident. He also admitted possessing cannabis.

Magistrates banned him from driving for two years and was given a 12-week jail term suspended for a year. He was also ordered to pay £200 costs.

Stephen Townley, defending, said that Bailey had been going through a bad time and had started to misuse drugs.

“However, since Christmas he has turned his life round and had been drug free,” he said.

Simon Lewandawski, 27, theft

Police patrolling in St Annes in the early hours became suspicious where they saw the interior light of a car illuminated.

Officers went to investigated and found Simon Lewandawski who had stole property from inside, hiding under the vehicle.

Lewandawski, 27, of St Alban’s Road, St Annes, pleaded guilty to theft.

He was fined £80 with £85 costs and ordered to pay £30 victims’ surcharge by magistrates.

Prosecutor, Andrew Robinson, said police saw a light on a vehicle parked on Clifton Drive, on April 18 about 5am.

The defendant was hiding underneath and admitted he had taken a torch and two walkie-talkies valued together at £850 from the vehicle.

Mitch Sarangi, defending, said his client, who had no previous convictions, had been cycling home from a friend’s, saw the vehicle light on and decided to have a look inside as the vehicle was not locked.

Paige Williams, 25, assault

A Blackpool woman has been sent for crown court trial, charged with causing actual bodily harm.

Paige Williams, 25, of Westfield Road, Blackpool, is charged with assaulting a man with a meat cleaver.

She denied the offence and Blackpool magistrates sent her to the higher court where she will appear on June 7.

Liam Swayne, 25, assault

A man accused of three offences of assault involving two women has had the first hearing of his case at court.

Liam Swayne, 25, of Yorkshire Street, Blackpool, who is also accused of threatening behaviour, was not present at court and was bailed by resort magistrates.

Matthew Eaton, 23, drink-driving

A drunken motorbike rider was arrested after he pulled out in front of a police officer at speed and without headlights.

Matthew Eaton, 23, of Chapel Street, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol.

He was banned from the road for 15 months and fined £120 with £85 costs plus £30 victims’ surcharge by magistrates.

Prosecutor, Andrew Robinson, said a woman police officer was returning to Blackpool Central police station on April 10 at 2.53am, when Eaton pulled out fast in front of her on a Yamaha motorbike without headlights.

A breath test showed 53 micrograms of alcohol in his body – 35 is the limit.

Peter Cave, defending, said his client, who had no previous convictions, had been drinking at a friend’s home when they had a disagreement, so Eaton decided to jump on his bike and ride home.

Arny Marquis, 39, drink-driving

A driver who was more than three times over the alcohol limit was arrested after a tip-off to police.

Arny Marquis, a 39-year-old former window cleaner, now unemployed, of Albert Road, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to drink-driving.

He was banned from driving for 26 months, sentenced to a 12-month community order with up to 20 days rehabilitation to be supervised by the probation service, ordered to do 100 hours’ unpaid work for the community and told to pay £85 costs with £85 victims’ surcharge by magistrates.

Prosecutor, Andrew Robinson, said police received information on April 19 at 9.15am, about a suspect drink driver.

They saw Marquis in a Renault Clio on the Promenade. Officers did not see any evidence of bad driving but when he was stopped they could smell alcohol on him.

A breath test showed 112 micrograms of alcohol in his body - 35 is the limit.

Peter Cave, defending, told magistrates that Marquis said he was dependent on alcohol and realised he had a problem.

On the day of the offence, he had felt fit to drive and was going to collect some belongings from an address at which he previously lived

Jake Threlfall, 22, criminal damage

A man threw a rock, shattering a woman driver’s windscreen.

Jake Threlfall, a 22-year-old labourer, of Laburnum Street, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to causing damage.

He was fined £125 with £85 costs and ordered to pay £300 compensation with a £30 victims’ surcharge by magistrates.

Prosecutor, Andrew Robinson, said on November 11, Threlfall threw a rock shattering the windscreen of a car belonging to a woman he knew. The police gave him a caution on the condition he paid the woman £300 compensation but he did not pay.

Threlfall’s defence lawyer said he had been out with friends but they fell out.

The car came along and stopped and a male friend got out and hit Threlfall in the face.

Threlfall had been drinking and was angry so he threw the rock. He intended paying the compensation but lost his job and did not have the money to do so.