The weekly court round-up from the Chorley Guardian.
A man who stole a car, drove under the influence of alcohol, and failed to stop when ordered to by police, has been made to carry out 150 hours’ unpaid work in the community. Joshua Westby, 23, from Heald Street, Chorley, also pleaded guilty to driving without the relevant insurance or licence in Fielden Street, Chorley. He has been banned from driving for 12 months, and must also pay a £60 victim surcharge, costs of £85 to the Crown Prosecution Service, and a criminal courts charge of £150.
A 49-year-old fraudulently claimed Council Tax Benefit and Housing Benefit from Chorley Council. Jeanette Lister, from Sycamore Road, admitted to the courts that she had failed to notify the authority that her earnings had increased, which affected her entitlement to benefits. She must carry out unpaid work for 40 hours in the next 12 months.
A drink-driver has been committed to prison for 18 weeks, suspended for 12 months. Marc Treadwell, 34, from Bolton Street, Chorley, pleaded guilty to driving in Skye Street, Preston, whilst under the influence of alcohol. He has been banned from driving for four years, and must also pay a victim surcharge of £80, costs of £85, and a criminal courts charge of £150.
A Chorley man has breached a drinking banning order by having an ‘open container of alcohol in public’. The case of Andrew James Lord, 52, from Halliwell Street, was proved in his absence. He was fined £50 for the breach, and must also pay a £20 victim surcharge, £85 in court costs, and a £150 criminal courts charge.
A speeding driver has been fined £200. Hayley Ann Kirwan, 31, from Marine Crescent, Buckshaw Village, drove faster than the 50mph speed limit on the A59 Longton Bypass. The case was proved in her absence, and three points were added to her licence. She must also pay court costs of £85 and a £20 victim surcharge.
A woman who broke the 50mph speed limit on a motorway slip road has been handed a £200 fine. The case of Christine McFaddyen, 52, from Hornchurch Drive, Chorley, was proved in her absence. Three points were added to her licence, and she must pay court costs of £85 and a £20 victim surcharge.
A driver who got behind the wheel whilst under the influence of alcohol has been fined £325. Joshua Andrew Swindells, 20, from Granville Road, Chorley, admitted to the offence which took place in London Road, Preston. He has been banned from driving for 20 months, which will be reduced by 20 weeks if he completes a course by September next year. He must also pay £85 in court costs, a £32 victim surcharge, and a criminal courts charge of £150.