A FATHER-OF-FIVE had a drunken argument with his girlfriend and drove his car while more than three times over the legal limit.
David Ives, 48, of Grappenhall Road, Great Sutton, appeared at Chester and Ellesmere Port Magistrates Court on Friday, when he pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol on Saturday, March 12.
He also pleaded guilty to failing to stop after a road accident on the same date.
Anoushka Youds, prosecuting, told the court how Ives, whose five children live in Sweden, drove his Suzuki Swift into a Vauxhall Vectra in Station Road, Little Sutton, at about 11.30pm.
He then continued driving into a nearby side road, while the driver and passengers of the Vauxhall followed him.
Mrs Youds said: “The defendant then tried to turn his car around but the victim used her car to block him in and called the police.”
Officers arrived and carried out a positive breath test and Ives was arrested.
A further test at the police station revealed Ives had 122 microgrammes of alcohol in 100ml of breath, compared to the legal limit of 35 microgrammes.
The court heard how engineering technician Ives had spent 30 days in prison in Sweden and received a 15-month ban for a previous drink-driving conviction while living there for a number of years.
When interviewed by police he admitted spending the evening drinking at The Traveller’s Rest, Little Sutton, with his girlfriend who wasn’t drinking and had planned to drive them both home.
After a disagreement between the two, Ives’s girlfriend threw the car keys at him and left the pub.
Chris Hunt, defending, said: “Unfortunately, Mr Ives reacts in the traditional manner by going on to drink more.”
He then decided to drive to his girlfriend’s house to ‘make it up’, but only got a short distance before colliding with the Vauxhall Vectra.
Mr Hunt said: “He realises what he’s done at that point and was actually turning round in the road to come back to the scene of the accident.”
He highlighted how Ives hadn’t behaved aggressively to the occupants of the Vauxhall and had cooperated with the police.
Magistrates disqualified Ives from driving for 28 months and ordered him to carry out a 12-month community order with 50 hours of unpaid work.