Reveller mowed man down

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A drunken New Year reveller knocked down a man trying to stop him driving away from a party.

Nicholas Ashton left the man lying on the ground and drove away before being stopped by police.

Ashton, 23, of Bennets Lane, South Shore, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol.

He was banned from the road for 18 months and fined £150 with £85 costs plus £20 victims’ surcharge by District Judge Meirion Lewis-Jones sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

The judge told him: “It is a mercy the man concerned was not more seriously injured.”

Philippa Jones, prosecuting, said on January 1 Ashton was at a New Year party.

He went to lie down in a child’s bedroom and was asked to leave the bedroom because the child wanted to go to sleep.

There was an argument and Ashton got into a car and started to drive off.

Tony Slater, defending, said his client was annoyed he was being ejected from the bedroom and he agreed he behaved with crass stupidity.

He did not drive at the man deliberately.

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