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Joiner drove car with wheel missing

A JOINER who was spotted driving his car with one wheel missing has been banned from the road for 12 months.

A JOINER who was spotted driving his car with one wheel missing has been banned from the road for 12 months.

Tarporley man Nigel Stewart Redrup, 47, had pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and failing to provide a breath specimen during the same incident in Chester on March 26.

Simon Schwarz, prosecuting, said Redrup was also initially charged with driving when unfit through alcohol, but that was withdrawn.

He said: 'The defendant's D-reg Austin Maestro was seen leaving what is known as the Bingo Hall Roundabout in the direction of Hoole Way at about 12.35am.

'A member of the public noticed it was being driven in a dangerous condition. A taxi driver saw it go into Brook Street.

'That person noticed a loud grinding noise and saw the front driver's wheel was missing and the car was being driven on the wheel rim causing sparks to fly.'

Mr Schawrz said the rear driver's side tyre of the vehicle was also completely flat and the wheel was working its way off the rim.

Redrup, of Cooper Terrace, Eaton Road, Tarporley, was spotted driving in Charles Street, Egerton Street and Francis Street.

'A taxi driver radioed the police and followed the car, which then went on to the ring road towards the Bars Roundabout driving all over the carriageway, with sparks still coming off the wheel rim,' said Schwarz.

'It then turned left into Egerton Street, still driving all over the road.'

Chester magistrates heard Redrup finally came to halt outside the Taste of India restaurant on Brook Street, and went inside.

The taxi driver who had been following the car took the keys out of the ignition and waited for the police to arrive.

'The defendant had returned to the the vehicle. He showed all the signs of being very drunk. He was unsteady, he was swearing, and he was swaying,' said Mr Schwarz.

Redrup was arrested for driving while under the influence of alcohol, and was abusive to officers at Chester Police station, where he refused to give a breath specimen.

He was told to carry out 160 hours of community service and was told to pay £50 costs. Magistrates said he would get his licence back after 12 months if he took an extended retest.

Michael Grey, defending, said Redrup, was subjected to an interim driving ban following the incident, was finding it difficult to conduct his business without a licence.

He said: 'He is a joiner, self-employed, and up until the beginning of these proceedings he has used his car to transport tools to the various contracts he goes on.

'Since proceedings have commenced he has not been able to do that and has found it difficult to get work.

'He is still able to work, but he is concerned that he is not going to be able to manage this in the long term.'

Mr Grey said Redrup was embarrassed by what he had done.

The background to the offence was laid out in a pre-sentence report, so details were not read out in court.

But Mr Grey added: 'He has been in a relationship, he has been married for 20 years and things just came to a head on that night.

'He knows he must now suffer the repercussions for some time to come.'


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