A man from Burnley who was caught riding a moped with his leg in plaster while four times the legal limit has been handed a suspended sentence of 16 weeks in jail.
Graham Haynes, 33, desperately tried to evade arrest but was so drunk that when he got the moped stuck in the mud and fell off, he was unable to get up without assistance.
Haynes pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol, without insurance or license, and failing to stop when required by an officer of the law.
Tracey Yates, prosecuting, said police spotted Haynes riding the vehicle at 12.10am.
“When he saw the officers he made off along a footpath,” said Mrs Yates. “He came onto Colne Road and drove straight at an officer who struck him with his baton to stop him driving into him.”
He then rode off onto a dead-end road and from there onto a muddy path.
“The bike stuck in the mud, and he overbalanced and fell into the mud,” said Mrs Yates. “He couldn’t get up because of his broken leg, and the police had to help him up.”
Describing it as a “spectacular” case of drink-driving, Mark Williams, defending, explained how Haynes had been drinking at his cousin’s home and had decided to drive the moped home.
“I find it astonishing that he was able to control the motorbike given the state he was in,” said Mr Williams. “When he eventually fell off he couldn’t get up without the help of the police.”
Passing sentence, the chair of the magistrates stated that each aspect of the case aggravated the others.
“You were four times the limit, not wearing a helmet, riding on footpaths to try and get away from the police and with a broken leg that was in plaster […] These are very serious matters.”
Haynes was sentenced to 16 weeks in prison suspended for 12 months, banned from driving for three years, ordered to pay £85 costs and a £115 victim surcharge.
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