Jail for double drink driver who was 'weaving all over the road'
9:01am Wednesday 30th October 2013 in News
A MOTORIST who denied two drink-driving charges nearly a year apart to delay being disqualified has been jailed for 16 weeks.
Stephen Ward’s “pleas of convenience” were slammed by District Judge Khalid Qureshi who banned him from driving for three years.
After fleeing from the scene of a crash on the East Lancashire Road last October, Ward had claimed post-accident alcohol consumption.
And while on bail Ward, from Haydock Drive, Boothstown, was stopped in a different car “weaving” all over the road in Walkden, just 10 months later.
Passing sentence at Manchester City Magistrates’ Court, Judge Qureshi said the court had “entirely rejected” Ward’s explanation in what was effectively a hit-and-run type of accident.
“You gave a spurious story, and on the second matter I don’t know what your evidence was but you chose to plead not guilty.
“In all the circumstances only a prison sentence is appropriate” added the judge.
Ward, aged 29, was convicted after trial on the car drink offences.
He admitted charges of driving without due care and failing to stop after an accident.
Prosecutor Matthew Siddall said the other driver had been left injured in his van.
Ward’s car was found 600 metres away and he was traced by documents found in his vehicle.
On both occasions Ward had been more than one-and-a-half times the drink limit, the court heard.
Jeremy Spencer, defending, said: “I think Ward tried to put off the day of reckoning by denying the excess alcohol charges”.