Boozed-up driver spun his car into oncoming traffic
Drunk told cops: “Sorry mate, I’ve been drinking”
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.