Drink-driver left scene af­ter crash­ing car

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART GREER

ADRINK- DRIVER crashed his car leav­ing it on its side, a court heard.

Adam Joseph Do­herty, 28, of­fered a lift to two women af­ter drink­ing in a pub with a friend, pros­e­cu­tors said.

But within min­utes of set­ting off in his mate’s car Do­herty lost con­trol and crashed, mag­is­trates were told.

Pan­ick­ing, Do­herty and his friend left, leav­ing the Ford Fi­esta on its side and the women at the scene, pros­e­cu­tors said.

The pair later re­turned to the ve­hi­cle and were ar­rested, the court heard.

Do­herty, of Re­druth Av­enue, Mac­cles­field, ad­mit­ted drink driv­ing and was banned from the road for 16 months.

The in­ci­dent hap­pened at the junc­tion of Pri­ory Lane and Vic­to­ria Road in Mac­cles­field at around 1.20am on Fe­bru­ary 28.

Deb­bie Byrne, pros­e­cut­ing, said: “PC Moores was called to the scene of an ac­ci­dent where two fe­male pas­sen­gers had been in­jured in the col­li­sion, and two males, in­clud­ing the driver, had left the scene.”

Mrs Byrne said paramedics at­tended and po­lice searched the area for Do­herty and his friend.

She said: “Po­lice re­turned to the ve­hi­cle to find two males in­spect­ing the dam­age.

“The de­fen­dant ad­mit­ted be­ing the driver but in­sisted he hadn’t been driv­ing fast.

“He smelt strongly of in­tox­i­cants. The breathal­yser read­ing was 57mg. The le­gal limit is 35mg.”

Do­herty, a dad of one, told po­lice he had gone to the Pack Horse pub at Bro­ken Cross to watch box­ing when he was un­able to watch it at home.

Mrs Byrne said: “He told po­lice he felt fine to drive and of­fered two fe­males, who were out­side the pub, a lift. Within min­utes of set­ting off on the jour­ney he lost con­trol of the ve­hi­cle. The back wheels went out and he hit a curb and crashed, the car land­ing on its side.

“He then pan­icked and ran with his friend to his friend’s ad­dress nearby. They both then de­cided to come back.”

Sam Fix­ter, de­fend­ing, said Do­herty, a self­em­ployed plas­terer and roofer, was ‘ef­fec­tively un­em­ployed’ be­cause of his ban.

He said: “He fool­ishly thought he was okay to drive. They were only go­ing 400 yards and the ac­ci­dent hap­pened 200 yards into the jour­ney.

“Al­though there were paramedics I un­der­stand no one was ac­tu­ally in­jured.”

Do­herty was fined £253.

‘They were only go­ing 400 yards’

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