Drunk welder sped from police

A DRINK DRIVER sped away from police when he was spotted in his dad’s car.

Daniel Skirving, 20, pulled into Tesco, in the town’s Burn Road, but turned in the other direction and sped off when he saw police, Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court was told.

He crossed the Burn Road roundabout and made his way up Stockton Road. But when officers put on their blue lights he stopped the car he was driving just past the traffic lights at Oxford Road.

He told police he had been drinking a few cans prior to driving the car, which belonged to his dad.

Tests showed he was over the legal drink drive limit, with 60 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.

Prosecuting, Joanne Hesse said: “It was 3.35am and police were parked up at Tesco, in Burn Road, when they noted a silver Vauxhall Corsa enter the car park.

“When he saw the police vehicle he changed direction and drove off at speed and the police officers followed it onto Burn Road.

“It crossed the roundabout onto Stockton Road and continued to accelerate at speed, attempting to get away from police.

“The officers illuminated the lights and the car continued through the traffic signals at Oxford Road, which were displaying green.

“The car came to a stop in Stockton Road and police spoke to the defendant. He said it was his father’s car, but he was a named driver on the insurance.

“The officers could smell alcohol on his breath and he said he’d drank a few cans within the last hour-and-a-half.

“He failed the road-side breath test and was taken to the police station.”

Skirving, of Heathfield Drive, Hartlepool, who has never been in trouble with the police before this offence, pleaded guilty to drink driving on February 18.

Mitigating, Ian Hudson told justices his client was “usually a responsible citizen”.

He said: “My client has been working for the company he works for for 17 months and when he is banned he will not lose his job because he will be able to get lifts from colleagues.

“Yes, the reading is high, but it’s not super high. The crown say he was driving at speed yet the speed is not given. However, he does accept it was higher than 30mph and it was only for a matter of seconds.

“Once he saw the flashing lights he did stop.”

He added: “He is of previous impeccable character and work record, and does express remorse for this offence.”

Chairman of the magistrates’ bench Peter West banned him from driving for 17 months, fined him £340, ordered him to pay £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.