Drunk man drove with girl­friend on bon­net of his car

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them get into the car. The girl­friend has then come out and ended up sprawled across the ve­hi­cle.

“The de­fen­dant goes across the road, stops and she comes off the ve­hi­cle at that point.”

The Hud­der­s­field court was told that the car was mov­ing slowly at no more than 10mph.

When Atkin­son stopped he opened his car door and was con­fronted by the off­duty of­fi­cer.

He shouted and swore and pushed the of­fi­cer in the chest, do­ing the same to an­other male by­s­tander who then stum­bled back­wards.

Po­lice ar­rived within mo­ments and Atkin­son, of Stile Com­mon Road in Prim­rose Hill, was ar­rested.

Breath tests showed that he had 88 mi­cro­grammes of al­co­hol in 100 mil­li­itres of breath – two-and-a-half times the le­gal limit of 35 mi­cro­grammes.

Jonathan Slaw­in­ski, mit­i­gat­ing, said that his client had been drink­ing at his girl­friend’s home when there was an ar­gu­ment be­tween her and her sis­ter. He and the sis­ter left in his car and he ad­mit­ted that this was the wrong de­ci­sion.

Mr Slaw­in­ski said: “The girl­friend has tried to stop that and was on the front bon­net cling­ing on. He drove in a di­ag­o­nal across the road and she’s come off but was not in­jured.

“The speed was min­i­mal and the girl­friend was very much the an­tag­o­nist to­wards her sis­ter who was in the car with him.”

He added that Atkin­son as­saulted the two men as he wrongly be­lieved that he was go­ing to be at­tacked when in fact they were try­ing to help.

District Judge Michael Fan­ning told the labourer: “It’s a very un­usual dan­ger­ous driv­ing case but you fell far be­low the stan­dard of a com­pe­tent and care­ful driver.

“The real dan­ger was caused to your girl­friend be­cause she’s jumped onto the car and you didn’t im­me­di­ately stop. You were well over the limit and can see how hor­ri­bly wrong this could have gone.

“But be­cause of the un­usual na­ture of this case an im­me­di­ate prison sen­tence isn’t ap­pro­pri­ate Atkin­son was banned from driv­ing for 23 months. He must also carry out 180 hours of un­paid work and pay £85 court costs and £85 court charge.

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