Banned drink driver crashed into tree
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.”