Driver in diarrhoea claim

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A WIGAN man claimed he was unable to give police a breath sample following a car accident due to diarrhoea.

Carl Cunningham, 35, was arrested at his home address following the accident outside his home on Ashdale Road.

Wigan Magistrates heard how Cunningham crashed a Vauxhall Astra belonging to his partner, Alison Barton, into a Rover 75 belonging to another local resident, Alan McCann. Despite pleas from Miss Barton to stay at the scene until the police came, Cunningham went into his house.

Prosecuting, Katie McFarlane, said: “Officers arrested Mr Cunnigham as they said he looked and smelt intoxicated. At the station he refused to give them a breath sample four times. He did say that after the accident he went into his house and drank a bottle of wine and a third of a bottle of Bailey’s.”

Mitigating, Philip Martin said: “The sun dazzled him as he went over a speed bump. He had a drink to calm his nerves and was suffering from shock and diarrhoea.”

Cunnigham plead guilty to driving without due care and attention, driving without insurance and failure to provide a specimen for analysis.

Cunningham was given a 200 hour community order, ordered to pay £400 costs and disqualified from driving for 28 months.