Man drank 12 pints and then attacked driver after mistaking his car for a taxi

A man downed 12 pints of Stella Artois – before climbing in the back of a car wrongly thinking it was  a taxi.

Saturday, 6th March 2021, 12:43 pm
Man downed 12 pints and attacked driver

Darren Thompson then went berserk when the bewildered driver refused to take him home, Blackpool Magistrates’ Court was told.

He aimed punches at the bloke – and his female passenger – and yelled homophobic slurs, the court, pictured above, was told.

Thompson, 54, of Marsden Road, South Shore, admitted two assaults and using threatening behaviour.

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Sentencing him, District Judge Jane Goodwin said: “You were violent and abusive. You say you are deeply ashamed – you should be.

“You behaved in an appalling manner, manhandling two innocent people during a pandemic.”

Thompson was handed a 16-week jail sentence, suspended for two years. He was also ordered to complete 20 rehabilitation days and pay each of his victims £200 compensation.

Defending, Steven Duffy said: “He had drunk 12 pints of Stella and thought the car was a taxi.”