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Tuesday, 02 September 2014

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South Cumbria farmer ran off in ‘panic’ after drink-driving

A FARMER who jumped out of his car and leapt over a fence in “panic” when police attempted to pull him over has pleaded guilty to drink-driving.

Alister Irvine, of Tock How Farm, near Hawkshead, was banned from the roads for 19 months after admitting the charge at South Lakeland Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

Mrs Lisa Hine, prosecuting, said police had spotted the 43-year-old at the wheel of his Isuzu Trooper near to Lounthwaite Road at around 10.15pm on April 19.

He had tried to avoid passing the marked police vehicle and had increased his speed when they followed him and put on their blue lights.

She said: “He drove towards his home at speed.

“He then got out of the vehicle, ran away and jumped over a fence and brambles.

“When called, he did come back and co-operated with officers.”

The court heard that Irvine, who employs two people at his farm, was found to have 83mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood. The legal limit stands at 80mg in 100ml of blood.

Miss Rachel Broughton, defending, said Irvine was “embarrassed” and “genuinely remorseful” over his actions and wished to apologise to everyone involved.

She said: “He did panic initially upon realising the foolishness of his actions but came to his senses and co-operated with police fully.”

On top of his driving ban, Irvine was given a £250 fine and ordered to pay £85 in costs as well as a victim surcharge of £25.

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