Driver still denies being drunk at wheel

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court
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A drunken driver lied to police twice after he smashed into a parked car.

Lee Donnelly at first said he had been walking home and come across the accident, then he claimed he had been a passenger in the crashed BMW.

He was trapped when his blood was found on the driver’s airbag of the BMW.

Donnelly, 35, of Talbot Road, Blackpool, denied driving with excess alcohol but was found guilty of the offence after a trial in his absence.

He pleaded guilty to failing to answer bail and possession of cannabis. Donnelly was banned from the road for 20 months, fined £260 with £150 costs and ordered to pay a £180 court charge plus £20 victims’ surcharge at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

Prosecutor, Pam Smith, said police were called to an accident where a BMW had collided with a parked car on Caunce Street on December 12 at 2.35am.

The defendant was standing by the BMW and told an officer he was not the driver, but had come across the accident while passing by.

A witness said he had seen Donnelly half in and half out of the car, apparently trying to push the BMW. A breath test showed he was more than twice over the limit with 81 microgrammes of alcohol in his body – 35 is the limit.

On October 7 police went to Donnelly’s home to arrest him. Donnelly went to get a lighter from a wooden box and an officer saw a small block of cannabis inside.

Steven Townley, defending, said Donnelly continued to deny the drink-driving offence. Donnelly had failed to attend as he had lost his bail notice.