Wigan dad who made police call ended up being arrested

Wigan and Leigh Magistrates Court
Wigan and Leigh Magistrates Court

A Wigan man called 999 after allegedly being assaulted by his son, but was instead arrested himself on suspicion of drink-driving.

Michael Hilton was stunned to be led away in handcuffs after calling police with allegations that his son had attacked him.

But after claims made by his son about his drinking, he was taken to the police station, where he refused to do a breath test.

Appearing at Wigan and Leigh Magistrates’ Court, the 55-year-old of Eggar Close, Tyldesley, pleaded guilty to failing to provide a specimen for analysis.

The court heard how police were called to Hilton’s home around 11.45pm on Sunday, May 20, to reports of a domestic incident - a call which Hilton made himself after an altercation with his son.

On arrival, his son told police that his father had just driven back from Morecambe and was under the influence of alcohol.

Police noted that Hilton appeared to be under the influence of alcohol, and asked him if he had indeed been drinking and driving.

He was “talking in slow motion” and slurring his words, which prompted police to touch his car bonnet to see if it was still warm.

Hilton was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving, but refused to carry out alcohol tests when at the police station.

Defending, Mr Sherrington told justices that his client was “bemused” that he had been made the subject of a police investigation after calling them to help him.

He said that when it became apparent he was being arrested for something he felt he was the victim of, his anxiety grew and he felt unable to provide a sample for analysis.

Mr Sherrington added that Hilton accepted he was drunk during the incident, but that he had been drinking in his home having returned from visiting his partner in Morecambe earlier that day.

“This was not a deliberate attempt to refuse to provide a sample,” Mr Sherrington told the bench.

A probation worker told the court that Hilton was “quite ashamed” of what he had done and was disappointed with himself.

Hilton was handed a curfew for four weeks, between the hours of 7pm and 7am.

He must also pay fines totalling £170 and has been disqualified from driving for 12 months.