A DRIVER who hit a car and drove off while over the drink-drive limit has appeared at West Cheshire Magistrates Court.
Eugene Daly, 34. of Rake Lane, Backford, pleaded guilty to drink driving at 1.30am on November 17 on Princess Road, Ellesmere Port.
The court heard that Daly hit the front of an oncoming taxi in his Range Rover vehicle when he tried to get around a traffic calming raised pavement.
Prosecuting, Rob Youds, said the taxi driver, Mr Ramen, told police he was driving at about 10mph through the traffic calming measure as he had just dropped off a passenger when the Range Rover tried to beat him round it and hit the front of his taxi.
Mr Youds said the police were called and officers spotted a car matching the description of the Range Rover and pulled it over.
The police tried to breathalyse Daly at the roadside but he refused and was arrested. He agreed to give a sample at the police station and was found to be close to three times over the drink drive limit.
Defending, Sean Sexton, said Daly had gone to meet a business friend in Ellesmere Port. He had started the evening by having a glass of water but ended up drinking a few pints of beer before foolishly getting behind the wheel.
Mr Sexton said Daly was driving along Princess Road when he saw the taxi driving very slowly before the traffic calming measure and thought he would be able to get around the raised pavement before the taxi. After he hit the taxi Mr Sexton said Daly had driven off but stopped voluntarily when the police were following him.
Mr Sexton also said Daly would have trouble completing a community order or curfew as he worked abroad as a machine buyer.
Magistrates fined him £1,250, ordered him to pay £85 court costs and a £120 victim surcharge. He was also disqualified from driving for 26 months.