A MAN who led police on chase between Lancashire and Cumbria was convicted of drink driving.

Nigel Peter Scholes, 65, was stopped by police on the M6 and found to be more than three times the legal limit.

South Cumbria Magistrates’ Court in Barrow was told he had originally alerted officers from Lancashire Police when he was seen driving at around 40mph on lane one the M6 near Junction 34.

Prosecutor Glen Anderton said he was eventually stopped by Cumbrian officers near Tebay after crossing into the county.

Scholes, of Lower Smithy Lane in Taddinton, Derbyshire pleaded guilty to the offence when he appeared before judge Gerald Chalk.

Hi solicitor Karen Templeton said: “He puts forward no excuses.”

The defendant was sentenced to a curfew stopping from leaving his house between 7pm and 7am for the next 10 weeks.

He was also ordered banned from driving and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £90 and costs of £85.

After hearing his sentence, Scholes told the court: “I’m desperately sorry this situation has developed and I’m sorry I have put other people at risk.”