A RUGBY player has walked free from court after a string of driving charges against him were dismissed.
Scott Moore, of Ranworth Drive, Lowton was charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol, driving while disqualified, failing to stop at an accident and failing to report an accident which occurred on Norwood Drive, Lowton on June 3.
Mr Moore was due to stand trial at Wigan Magistrates’ Court but after two prosecution witnesses failed to show up to give evidence, the case was thrown out.
The 23-year-old rugby league hooker left St Helens to join Widnes at the end of the season.
Brian Jackson, representing Mr Moore, told the court that Greater Manchester Police made a catalogue of errors during the investigation.
He said: “Mr Moore had told police on the night he was not the driver and the person who was driving came to his house by taxi.
“This was never checked by them. The police spoke to this person but never as a suspect.
“The police also never checked CCTV footage and one person described the person driving as slim with light hair.
“The driver had also been driving in just boxer shorts. Mr Moore has tattoos across his chest and arms and if he was driving, they would have been visible.”
Prosecutor Jane Urey said: “Two witnesses did not attend so there is no realistic prospect to connect Mr Moore to this case.”
Mr Jackson said after the hearing: “Mr Moore now intends to get on with his rugby career.”