Drink-driver was found by police to have wet himself

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A motorist was found to have been drink-driving after he told police that he had wet himself.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Tuesday, July 12, how Daniel Townsend, 33, of Pottery Lane East, Chesterfield, was seen by police parked up with the engine running in Tesco Extra car park and behaving in a boisterous manner.

Prosecuting solicitor Becky Allsop said: “A police officer was driving to the Tesco store just before 7pm, on June 24, when he saw cars parked in a bay and someone from a VW Golf shouted woo-hoo and witnesses said they had seen two cars performing stunts.

“Officers spoke to the occupants of the vehicles and spoke to a male in the VW which had the engine running and music playing and the driver was boisterous and he appeared he had wet himself and he was laughing and he said he had just dribbled.”

Townsend registered 85microgrammes of alcohol in 100millilitres of breath when the legal limit is 35microgrammes of alcohol.

He told police that he had just been to a pub in Matlock and had one pint and was just about to go home.

Townsend also added that he had not been performing stunts and he had not shouted towards the officer as he drove by.

The defendant pleaded guilty to exceeding the drink-drive limit after the incident.

Townsend said: “I admit I was drinking. I drank too much. As for performing stunts, there were other cars and I was blamed for that.

“I was drunk but I never did the other things.

“It will affect my family life, my child and my job. I’m sorry.”

Magistrates fined Townsend £275 and ordered him to pay £85 costs and a £27 victim surcharge.

He was also banned from driving for 22 months but could reduce the disqualification if he completes a drink-drive rehabilitation course.