A MAN slept off a drinking session in his car as he waited to see his kids open their Christmas presents.
But when police tried to wake Ryan Turpin they found that his engine was still running – and they arrested him for bring drunk in charge of a vehicle.
Turpin, of Trinity Street in Huddersfield, yesterday admitted the offence at Kirklees Magistrates’ Court.
He was slapped with a fine and banned from driving for six months.
Paul Ramsay, prosecuting, said that neighbours had called police to the car park at Edale Avenue in Newsome on December 25 last year.
They complained that loud music was blasting from a Ford Puma that had been parked there since around 7am.
Officers arrived to find the engine still running, the car lights switched on and Turpin asleep in the driver’s seat.
Mr Ramsay said: “He was slumped to one side with his eyes closed, between his legs was an open can of lager.
“The officer tried to rouse him and with assistance was able to wake him.
“Turpin said to them: ‘What the f*** are you doing here?
“You need permission to get in here’.”
The prosecutor told magistrates that the 25-year-old’s eyes were glazed and his speech was slurred.
One of the officers reached into the car and turned off the ignition, which agitated Turpin and he swore at them again.
He was arrested and taken to Dewsbury Police Station where after some obstruction he provided two breath samples.
These revealed that Turpin had 84 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.
The legal limit is 35mg.
He told police that on Christmas Eve he’d had problems starting the car and then freewheeled it to the car park.
Turpin then went out drinking with friends and later returned to his car.
He said he hadn’t been able to contact his girlfriend and had decided to wait in the car until his children woke up as they were going to open their presents together.
Turpin denied that he had intended to drive the car.
Magistrates were told that Turpin had 21 convictions for 36 offences.
He had changed his plea to guilty on the day of his trial.
As well as his driving ban the bench ordered him to pay £110 fine, £15 victim surcharge and £150 towards court costs.