Drink driver failed to stop for police in Stamford

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A drink driver failed to stop for police as they followed him out of Stamford with their blue lights and sirens on.

Harry Joseph Darby, 21, of Great Easton, Market Harborough, and formerly of Bayley Close, Uppingham, admitted drink driving, failing to stop for police and driving without insurance or a licence on November 28.

Prosecuting, Marie Stace told Grantham magistrates on Monday that police saw a VW Golf leaving Red Lion Square in Stamford without any lights on. The car’s internal light was on and they could see Darby was not wearing a seatbelt.

Miss Stace said police put on their blue lights and sirens to try and stop Darby as he headed for Tinwell.

Darby’s car mounted a kerb and crossed over the central line as he was followed.

The court was told that two further attempts to stop Darby failed and police stopped following him for his own safety.

The car was later found abandoned and Darby was hiding nearby. He gave a positive breath test which measured 84 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes of alcohol.

In interview, Darby told police he had gone out and had drunk 10 pints of beer. The owner of the vehicle had given him the keys to look after and permission to drive the car.

He said he could not remember hitting the kerb and driving on the wrong side of the road. He apologised to the police officers.

Rob Arthur, defending, said a friend had given the car keys to Darby which led to ‘his temptation to drive back to the address they had left’.

Mr Arthur added: “As he said, it was a very stupid decision influenced by the the effects of alcohol.”

The magistrates disqualified Darby from driving for 22 months, for drink driving, which will be reduced by 22 weeks if he successfully completes a drink driver’s rehabilitation course. Darby was also fined £250 and ordered to pay a criminal court charge of £150, costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £25. There were no separate penalties for the other offences.

○ The case against a woman accused of fraud involving cheques worth £5,546 has been adjourned to the New Year.

Michelle Jennifer Long, 42, of Willoughgby Road, Stamford, is accused of committing fraud by false representation between March 31 and August 19 this year. She is specifically accused of signing cheques not belonging to her and placing money from those cheques into her bank accounts, intending to make a gain of £5,546 for herself.

Grantham magistrates heard that Long was feeling unwell in the waiting area and they adjourned the case until January 4. Long is on bail on condition she does not contact two named persons.