Banned drink driver crashed into tree

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STU­ART GREER

ABANNED driver who crashed a car into a tree while flee­ing from po­lice has avoided jail.

Grant Ken­ner­ley, 25, ‘pan­icked’ when he saw po­lice in Poyn­ton and sped away, a court heard.

He over­took a num­ber of ve­hi­cles, reach­ing speeds of up to 60mph as he headed to­wards Mac­cles­field, pros­e­cu­tors said.

Ken­ner­ley, who was above the drink drive limit, then lost con­trol of the car at a cor­ner of Lon­don Road known as Lib­erty bend and crashed into a tree, mag­is­trates were told.

He suf­fered a head in­jury and was taken to hos­pi­tal.

The in­ci­dent on De­cem­ber 27, last year, hap­pened less than four months af­ter he had been con- victed of drink driv­ing and banned for 40 months.

At Stock­port mag­is­trates’ court, Ken­ner­ley, of Beech Lane, Mac­cles­field, ad­mit­ted drink driv­ing, driv­ing with­out a li­cence or in­surance and fail­ing to stop for po­lice.

He was sen­tenced to 16 weeks in prison, sus­pended for 18 months.

He was also given 100 hours un­paid work and banned from driv­ing for three years.

Tina Cun­nane, pros­e­cut­ing, said: “Of­fi­cers saw Ken­ner­ley in a Ford driv­ing at ex­ces­sive speed in Poyn­ton.

“They ac­ti­vated their emer­gency equip­ment but he did not stop. In­stead he over­took a num­ber of ve­hi­cles, reach­ing speeds of 60mph in a 50mph limit.

“When he reached a part of the road known as Lib­erty bend he lost con­trol.

“He crossed the solid white line and crashed off the road.

“Of­fi­cers ar­rested him and took him to hos­pi­tal with the cut to his head.”

Ken­ner­ley’s blood al­co­hol level was 110mg. The le­gal limit is 80mg.

Peter Cas­son, de­fend­ing, said Ken­ner­ley, a part-time stew­ard at Mac­cles­field Town FC, was ‘un­der no il­lu­sion how se­ri­ous’ his of­fend­ing was.

He said: “He was drink­ing at home and went out for some milk and cig­a­rettes. He saw the po­lice and pan­icked be­fore col­lid­ing with a tree. No one else was in­jured.

“He has is­sues with al­co­hol. He doesn’t drink ev­ery day but when he does it is to ex­cess.

“This is the third time he has been in court for a driv­ing mat­ter and a fla­grant reach of a court or­der.

“His fa­ther is due to leave hos­pi­tal hav­ing suf­fered a stroke be­fore Christ­mas. He is due to be his carer.”

Grant Ken­ner­ley

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