Boozed-up driver spun his car into on­com­ing traf­fic

Drunk told cops: “Sorry mate, I’ve been drink­ing”

Paisley Daily Express - - Front Page - Chris Tay­lor

A boozed-up driver swerved into on­com­ing traf­fic be­fore crash­ing and land­ing on the other side of the road.

Paul Han­ney, 36, spun out of con­trol af­ter plough­ing into a bar­rier and ended up fac­ing the op­po­site di­rec­tion in Pais­ley’s west end.

Hor­ri­fied fam­i­lies watched as he col­lapsed onto the street, then told a cop: “sorry mate, I have been drink­ing and I drove my mo­tor.”

Han­ney ad­mit­ted care­less driv­ing and re­fus­ing to give a breath test when he was hauled into Pais­ley Sher­iff Court.

Pros­e­cu­tor Martina McGuigan told how he veered to­wards cars parked out­side shops.

She said: “A taxi driver ob­served the sil­ver car be­ing driven by the ac­cused.

“It was sw­erv­ing and brak­ing er­rat­i­cally then mounted a kerb and drove into a metal bar­rier.

“Hit­ting it caused the ac­cused’s car into a 180-de­gree spin and come to rest on the op­po­site side of the road.

“Wit­nesses saw the ac­cused exit the driver’s side and de­scribe him as strug­gling onto the cen­tral reser­va­tion.

“They made their way to­wards him to make sure he was okay.

“At that point, he tripped and fell and his speech was slurred.

“Of­fi­cers where nearby and saw him ly­ing on the mid­dle reser­va­tion.

“The car was on the street fac­ing onto on­com­ing traf­fic with the airbags de­ployed.

“Smoke was com­ing from un­der the bon­net and plas­tic de­bris was scat­tered on the road.”

Han­ney smashed into a parked car be­fore speed­ing off when a driver tried to chase him down.

He veered wildly from side-to-side as he tore through the town be­fore crash­ing into the bar­rier on Broom­lands Street.

On­look­ers called po­lice, who found him ly­ing on the road, reek­ing of booze around 11pm last Oc­to­ber 20.

De­fence lawyer David Ni­chol­son ad­mit­ted his client had a drink prob­lem.

He said: “He’s on statu­tory sick pay and has been di­ag­nosed with anx­i­ety.”

Han­ney was taken to a po­lice sta­tion and agreed to take a breath test.

But he changed his mind and twice re­fused to give a read­ing.

Sher­iff David Pen­der banned him from the road while await­ing sen­tence.

He said: “These are ob­vi­ously se­ri­ous of­fences.

“It would ap­pear you were sub­stan­tially un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol.”

Han­ney, of nearby Lis­more Drive, has been or­dered to re­turn to court on May 4.

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