Driver gave police a false name

Blackpool Magistrates Court open day pre-pix.
Blackpool Magistrates Court open day pre-pix.
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A man lied to police and gave a false name after driving through red lights and crashing his van into a lamppost.

Nigel Harrison drove off again after knocking the lamppost flat and when caught told officers: “It’s just drink-driving isn’t it.”

Harrison, 35, of Collingwood Avenue, Layton, pleaded guilty to failing to provide a specimen for alcohol testing, not stopping after an accident and obstructing police. He was banned from the road for two years, ordered to do 100 hours’ unpaid work for the community and pay £85 costs plus £60 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Martine Connah, prosecuting, said the incident happened on July 20 at 8pm. Police saw Harrison’s van in the middle of Newton Drive with a group of people round it. Harrison set off and went through two red lights before going round a mini roundabout on West Park Drive and knocking over a lamppost. He drove on even though his van was badly damaged.

Kathryn Jamieson-Sinclair, defending, said Harrison had been in the pub with friends when there was a row. A lot of the animosity was directed at him so he drove off.

Mrs Jamieson-Sinclair added: “He was very upset ...and that was why the manner of his driving was less than it ought to have been.”

The following morning as he was brought out of his cell he confessed to his correct name.”