A Holbeach driver who ran off after being stopped by police, told a court that he only did so because his friend in the passenger seat had run off and then he congratulated officers for catching him!
Terry Fleckney, 34, of Victoria Street, admitted driving with excess alcohol when he appeared before magistrates in Boston.
Prosecuting, Jim Clare said Fleckney was stopped by police on January 17 while driving his BMW mini van in Victoria Street in Holbeach but he ran off before he could be breathalysed.
He said police chased him and caught him in a pub car park and he was arrested after providing a positive breath test and told police ‘well done for catching me’.
Mr Clare said Fleckney gave a reading of 52 microgrammes of alcohol in his breath, the legal limit being 35.
Mitigating, Michael Alexander said Fleckney apologised and said he only ran off because his friend did so.
He said Fleckney was self employed and his driving ban would affect him.
He was banned from driving for 14 months but was offered the drink drivers’ rehabilitation course, which will reduce the period of the ban by 14 weeks.
He was also fined £500 and ordered to pay £135 in court costs and charges.