Ban for Malpas driver who fled crash scene

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Staff reporter (Chester First)

A MAN has been banned from driving after he overturned his car, fled the scene and was later found slumped in a drunken state at home, a court heard.

Paul Jones, crashed his car on Ebnel Lane, a short distance from his home on Dean Park, Nomansheath, Malpas, in the early hours of February 17, said Lionel Cope, prosecuting.

Mr Cope told West Cheshire Magistrates in Chester how police were called to reports of a crash and on arrival found Mr Jones’ overturned BMW on the road, with his blood stains inside the car.

Mr Cope said: “Police found nobody was inside the vehicle and the keys had ben removed.

“Checks were made and Mr Jones was found to be the owner of the vehicle.”

Jones was found in an extremely drunken state and was unable to stand up, and refused to be breathalysed, the court was told.

Jones, 43, admitted failing to provide a specimen when he appeared for sentencing before the court yesterday.

After the incident, Jones was treated for a head injury at the Countess of Chester Hospital.

Stephen Coupe, defending, said Jones was a man of previous good character and was completely ashamed of his conduct.

Mr Coupe told the court Jones said he had consumed alcohol after his accident which added to his impairment and subsequent refusal to provide a breath specimen.

Magistrates banned Jones from driving for 12 months. They also fined him £110 and ordered him to pay £85 costs and a £25 victim surcharge.

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