Sefton man receives driving ban after failure to stop for police ended in collision
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45 year-old Lee Alty of Lyndhurst Road, Birkdale was sentenced at York Magistrates Court on Thursday (13 January 2022) after being found guilty of multiple offences including driving without due care and attention and being drunk and disorderly.
Shortly before 11pm on 22 October 2021, officers from Selby had attempted to stop Alty on the A645 and he had ignored their requests, almost colliding with the rear of a stationary police vehicle.
A short time later, Alty failed to negotiate the sweeping corner opposite the glass factory in Hensall and left the road, eventually coming to rest in a tree some distance from the ground.
During his rescue and assessment, Alty was extremely abusive towards the emergency service workers helping him. He threw mud at them and was also abusive to the medical professionals treating him in York District Hospital.
He refused to cooperate with officers requesting preliminary or evidential samples of analysis and was also found to be driving with an expired MOT.
Alty was found guilty of driving without due care and attention, failing to provide a specimen for analysis and to being drunk and disorderly in a public place.
Alty plead guilty to all charges and received an 8 week suspended prison sentences, 200 hours unpaid work, a rehabilitation requirement, driving ban for 29 months and he was also made to pay £203 in costs.
TC1513 Harvey of the Tadcaster Roads Policing Group said:
“Drink driving is one of the main causes of fatal and serious injury collisions in the UK. In North Yorkshire we make it a priority to tackle this type of contemptible behaviour which could quite easily have led to an innocent road user being killed or seriously injured.
“It may appear that our roads are quieter when you visit the county and that you might get away with it if you chance it, but we are determined to do whatever we can to prevent this crime on our patch.”
PS166 Campbell, the neighbourhood policing sergeant for the area said:
“I was lucky not to have been knocked down when this driver failed to comply with my direction to stop his vehicle after almost colliding with ours. I welcome the sentence handed down by York Magistrates court and believe it truly reflects the serious nature of the offence.
"I am sure many of you reading this will use this piece of road on a regular basis as do your friends and family, it doesn’t bear thinking about what could have happened if one had encountered this driver in his intoxicated state that night.
“Our Traffic Officers patrol the roads across North Yorkshire 24/7 and will continue to target those who take serious risks and put other road users in danger.
“If you spot someone who is driving in a carless or dangerous manner, or you suspect they are under the influence of alcohol or drugs, dial 999 immediately.”