A DRINK driver who ran off after crashing his car in Giggleswick has been banned from driving for 16 months.

Connor Stothers, 20, and his passenger, ran off and hid in a shed, abandoning the crashed Mercedes in Raines Road on the evening of November 28, heard Skipton Magistrates Court today (Friday).

Police received a call from a member of the public telling them of two males hiding in a shed about an hour after the car crashed into some trees causing it significant damage, the court heard.

Stothers, the registered keeper of the car, admitted to police he had been driving. He provided a positive roadside test and was taken to Harrogate Police Station where at 12.30am, three and a half hours after the collision, he provided a reading of 45 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

Stothers, a mortgage advisor of previous good character, admitted drink driving. The court heard in mitigation that he had made a foolish mistake, had panicked and had run from the scene.

He had only been driving for 18 months and would now have to rely on public transport to get to work.

Magistrates told Stothers, of Waverley Avenue, Keighley, they would have been more lenient if he had not left the scene. He was banned from driving for 16 months, fined £276 and ordered to pay a surcharge of £34 and costs of £85. If he completes a drink drivers rehabilitation course by December, his ban will be reduced by 16 weeks.