Drunken big man was too heavy for scooter - court told

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A learner driver downed 16 cans of lager before jumping on a parked scooter he was too heavy for, a court heard.

Dean Birkinshaw, who had also been drinking spirits, started revving a friend’s bike but the kick stand broke and he ended up crashing into another parked vehicle nearby, causing damage.

Prosecutor Richard Ogden told how Birkinshaw, 21, simply walked off after the incident in Annie Street, Outwood on April 4.

Wakefield Magistrates’ Court heard how police attended at his home on Annie Street and found him to be clearly intoxicated.

Mr Ogden said Birkinshaw was very drunk and rambling. He couldn’t even get the year of his birth right; police had to correct him.

A breath test showed Birkinshaw had 89mcgs of alcohol in 100mls of breath. The legal limit is just 35mcgs.

He told officers: “The stand gave way, I’m quite heavy.”

Birkinshaw admitted driving with excess alcohol, having no insurance and failing to stop after an accident.

He told the court: “I’ve been really apologetic to everybody, embarrassed myself, my family and my friend. It was a stupid thing to do.”

Birkinshaw said there was no intention to drive and the only reason he had a provisional licence was “to have ID in town”.

Birkinshaw was disqualified for 20 months and fined £200. He must also pay £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

District Judge Sandra Knapton, passing sentence, said: “After 16 cans of lager and some spirits perhaps your judgement on that occasion was a little bit skewed.”