23rd Oct, 2016

Pulled over by police drunk and deflated

Evesham Editorial 15th Aug, 2014 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

A VALE man attempted to drive from Worcester to Offenham despite having two flat tyres and being over the legal limit.

Carl Turner, of Leasowes Road, was stopped by police on the B4084 in Cropthorne about 3.35am on July 19 after they had followed him due to the noise his car was making.

Officers kept tabs on the 34-year-old when they heard a loud sound coming from his vehicle and when they pulled him over he got out of his Peugeot 307 in a drunk manner, Worcester Magistrates Court heard last Friday (August 8).

The rear-side tyre on the vehicle was blown and the near-side rear tyre was also flat.

Turner was asked to do a road side breath test, which he repeatedly refused, before he then declined to hand over his car keys and place his hands behind his back, the court was also told.

After a ‘brief struggle’ he was arrested and put in the police vehicle, where he shouted at officers and banged his head on the chair in front of him.

Defending solicitor Dean Hicks said: “Although he was driving with the blown tyre he kept his speed down which wouldn’t have caused danger to any other road vehicles.

“He wasn’t 100 per cent co-operative with the police but by the time he got to the station he calmed down and provided two specimens of breath.

“He did get upset in the car, but he wasn’t upset with officers, he was more upset about how stupid he had been himself.”

Turner pleaded guilty to drink driving, after he blew 79 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, and obstructing a constable in the execution of his duty.

He was handed an 18-month disqualification from driving, a £200 fine and a 12-month conditional discharge.

Magistrates also ordered Turner to pay £85 court costs and a £20 victim surcharge.