Drink driver gave false name

PUBLISHED: 11:59 30 August 2007 | UPDATED: 12:46 04 May 2010

A DRINK-driver who bounced his car over speed bumps along Ely High Street gave a false name when arrested. At Ely Police Station, Stephen Neal tried to pull away as officers tried to record his finger prints. He had to be forced to put his palm on the ma

A DRINK-driver who bounced his car over speed bumps along Ely High Street gave a false name when arrested.

At Ely Police Station, Stephen Neal tried to pull away as officers tried to record his finger prints.

"He had to be forced to put his palm on the machine," city magistrates were told by prosecutor Matthew Bradbury.

Neal, 20, of High Barns, Ely, admitted driving when over the alcohol limit on August 19, and resisting police sergeant Sean MacLoughlin.

Police followed Neal and, when they stopped him, he failed a breathalyser test.

Once in custody, Neal claimed his name was Adam Fendick, and was obstructive. His breath test reading was 52 mcgs of alcohol in 100 mls of breath, when the legal limit is 35 mcgs.

"Police started taking his finger prints on a scanning machine and it was explained to him that the machine was linked to a national database, so any false details given would be discovered," said Mr Bradbury. Neal continued to be difficult, but later admitted his real identity.

Mitigating, Michael Judkins said Neal had drunk a couple of cans of lager before taking his friend to the Spar shop to buy more.

He was "messing about" when he gave a false name, and apologised for his behaviour.

Neal was banned from driving for one year, and fined £150 with £50 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

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