Man escaped from police and ran away

Skegness Magistrates' Court EMN-150128-105317001
Skegness Magistrates' Court EMN-150128-105317001

A Louth man, who was stopped by police and asked to give a breathalyser test, escaped from the police car and ran away, a court has heard.

Michael George Brown, 23, of Martin Close, admitted failing to provide a specimen of breath at the roadside and also to possession of one gram of M-Cat, a controlled drug, when he appeared at Skegness Magistrates’ Court.

Nick Todd, prosecuting, said that at 2.20am on Saturday June 28 last year, police stopped Brown in his Vauxhall Corsa as he had been driving too fast through Louth.

Brown got into the police car in order to give a breath test, but he got out and ran away. He voluntarily went to the police station later.

He told officers that he had drunk four pints of alcohol during the evening and had panicked.

Mr Todd said that a small amount of M-Cat had been found in his car when it was searched which Brown said was for his personal use.

Mitigating, Gordon Holt said that Brown had finished work at Alford the previous day at around 4.30pm and had gone for a drink with some of his colleagues, leaving Alford at 12.30am to drive home.

He said that after he was stopped the officer left the door open and Brown panicked as he thought he would lose his job but thought better of it later and went to the police station.

He told the magistrates that Brown had been driving without incident for the seven months since the incident.

He said the M-Cat had been given to him the previous evening and he had not used it.

Imposing 10 penalty points on Brown’s licence, the magistrates warned him that he was one conviction away from disqualification.

He was also fined £300 and ordered to pay £85 in costs and a £30 victim surcharge.