JAIL could be looming for a banned Huddersfield driver who took a car without consent after drinking more than double the legal limit.
John Coakley was woken up by police on the morning of May 28 and informed that his son, Damian, had been arrested in Derbyshire.
He confirmed that his son did not have permission or insurance to drive his Daewoo Matiz, which he had parked outside his home the previous night.
Helen Griffiths, prosecuting, told Chesterfield magistrates yesterday that police patrolling the M1 motorway at 2.20am had seen the car weaving erratically between lanes on the northbound carriageway.
It pulled up on the hard shoulder and was boxed in by a police car.
The ignition keys were removed by officers and 22-year-old Coakley told them: “I give up. I’m p****d, I’m disqualified and I’ve taken the car from my father without his permission.’’
Coakley was arrested and went on to give a reading of 80mgs of alcohol in 100mls of breath. The limit is 35mgs.
Mrs Griffiths said: “He said he was simply driving around before police stopped him on the M1.’’
Coakley, of Couford Grove, Bradley, admitted charges of drink-driving, driving while disqualified, taking a vehicle without consent and breaching a two-year conditional discharge imposed on February 24 for theft.
He had previous convictions for driving while banned, drink-driving and aggravated vehicle-taking – and was banned from driving for three-years in 2009.
The justices adjourned sentence until August 11 for probation service reports and warned Coakley he could be locked up at the next hearing.