A footballer refused to give police a breath sample when they found him sitting in his car after drinking.

Ashley Flynn’s Seat Leon had earlier allegedly nearly been involved in an accident in the early hours of September 14.

Police lost sight of the vehicle but used the number plate details to track Flynn down to his Dalton home.

Robert Campbell, prosecuting, said: “They arrived at the address and found the defendant sitting in the driver’s seat.

“The officers knocked on the window and could smell alcohol on the door opening.”

Flynn, of Coniston Avenue, was arrested on suspicion of driving while unfit. He claimed that he hadn’t been driving the vehicle but wouldn’t provide details of that driver.

The 25-year-old refused to comply with breath tests and was charged with failing to provide a specimen for analysis.

He claimed that he had been drinking at home with his girlfriend and had gone to his car to make a call.

Flynn said that this was to another female and he didn’t want his girlfriend to know about this.

Kirklees magistrates heard that Flynn is a semi-professional footballer.

The striker previously played for AFC Emley and now plays for Frickley Athletic in South Elmsall. He also coaches under 9s on Sundays at Dalton Dynamos.

Flynn also works in the fraud investigation team at incident management specialist FMG based in Huddersfield.

Magistrates heard that while he will keep his day job the future of his contract with his club is uncertain.

They banned him from driving for 22 months.

Flynn must also comply with a six-week curfew between 10pm and 6am and must pay £85 costs and £60 victim surcharge.