A MAN claimed he was fleeing from his violent partner after he was caught drink driving.
Michael Mayor, 33, was stopped by police after driving his Ford Transit erratically along Warrington Road, Abram, on January 24.
Wigan Magistrates’ Court heard how the van veered towards the police car before swerving back on to the correct side of the road. When the officers then stopped the van at a set of traffic lights, an empty two-litre bottle of cider fell out of Mayor’s vehicle.
The defendant admitted having drunk two cans of cider but failed a roadside breath test.
A more accurate reading taken at the police station found that he was nearly two-and-a-half times the legal limit. Paul Potter, defending, said his client, of Fleet Lane, St Helens, had been a victim of domestic violence and had fled after confronting his partner. Magistrates banned him from driving for 18 months and fined him £160, £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.