A MOTORIST who ran away from police after failing a breath test has been ordered off the road.
Officers on patrol in Green Lane, Dronfield, saw a Ford Ranger veer onto the wrong side of the road at 2am on May 21.
Driver Aaron Bingham was stopped and gave a roadside breath sample indicating 42mcgs of alcohol in 100mls of breath. The legal limit is 35mcgs.
He fled, giving himself up 18 hours later, Becky Mahon, prosecuting, told magistrates at Chesterfield.
Bingham, aged 22, of Lansbury Avenue, Eckington, Derbyshire, admitted driving a vehicle while unfit through drink and obstructing police.
He was fined £450, ordered to pay £85 court costs and banned for one year, to be cut to nine months if he passes a drink-driving rehabilitation course.
Julian Hammond, defending, said: “He doesn’t accept he was on the wrong side of the road. When the officer said there was a fail at 42mcgs, he simply panicked and ran off.”
“He made a foolish error but put matters right by later surrendering himself.”
Mr Hammond said Bingham stopped drinking alcohol at 8pm and thought he would be under the limit by 2am.
If he had not fled, by the time he gave a breath sample at the police station his reading would have been lower and he would probably not have been prosecuted, added Mr Hammond.
Bingham said he phoned police eight hours after leaving the scene and the officer from whom he fled could not see him until 10.30pm that day.