A motorist who led police on a chase through Mansfield while he was over the drink-drive limit has been banned from the road for 20 months.
Paul Anthony Bromley (24) of Coburn Street, Sutton, drove through a red light and then ran from the Peugeot 206 when police eventually caught up with the car.
He appeared at Mansfield Magistrates’ Court and admitted being more than twice the legal drink-drive limit, and driving without insurance.
Outlining the case for the Crown Prosecution Service, Sanjay Jerath said that CCTV had picked Bromley up pulling out of Toothill Lane car park in Mansfield town centre after he had been drinking.
After the police were notified, a van pursued the Peugeot which was being driven at ‘excessive speed’.
He ran the red light and eventually stopped, before getting out and running away, again pursued by police who caught up and arrested him.
Defending, Nicola Thorpe, said Bromley had gone out that evening with his friend’s girlfriend, and after failing to get a taxi, he gave in to temptation to drive home.
“He is remorseful and it is not something he would normally do. He is deeply ashamed of his behaviour, she said.”
She said Bromley did not know the police were following him, and could not explain why he ran away, stating that he ‘just panicked’.
He was given a community order with a curfew, was made to pay £85 costs, a £60 surcharge and £150 criminal court charge.