A BANNED driver was over the drink drive limit when he got back behind the wheel of a Ford Transit to run a friend home, heard Skipton Magistrates.

Sean Regan, 28, attempted to run off after he was arrested and handcuffed by police after giving a positive road side breath test in Sutton-in -Craven on May 12, the court heard on Friday.

When Regan was stopped by police in Greenroyd Court at 3.30am he initially gave a different name, the court was told.

He gave a positive road side test for alcohol, was arrested and handcuffed, attempted to run off, but was pursued and caught by officers.

At Harrogate Police Station, he was found to have 64 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, the legal limit is 35.

Further checks at the police station revealed he had been banned from driving by Bradford Magistrates in December as a drink driver until April 2019.

The court heard he had returned home after drinking two pints of beer in a pub and had then gone next door where he had drunk a further four cans with friends.

He claimed he had been put under pressure to drive a friend’s girlfriend the short distance home and had used his boss’s Ford Transit, which had been left at the address.

Regan admitted drink driving, driving while disqualified, driving without insurance and resisting traffic officer Andrew Ingram in the execution of his duty.

Regan, of Beanlands Place, who Magistrates told had narrowly avoided a jail sentence, was given a 12 month community order and banned from driving for 40 months.

He will have to carry out 130 hours unpaid work and complete up to 30 rehabilitation requirement days to address drinking and mental health issues. He will also have to pay a surcharge of £85 and costs of £85.