A DRUNKEN man who jumped into a police car to have his picture taken attempted to drive it, a court has heard.
Che Gilbert appeared before Burton Magistrates’ Court to face trial for attempting to drive a police car while under the influence of alcohol in High Street, Uttoxeter, and using it without insurance on June 14.
The 30-year-old denied the charges saying he wanted his picture taken in the car and accidently hit a pedals.
Gilbert was found to have 70 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millitres of breath. The limit is 35 microgrammes.
Moira Bell, prosecuting, said Gilbert was seen in the Ford Focus in the early hours of the morning after he had spent the day drinking at Uttoxeter Racecourse.
PC Lloyd Mason had got out of the car to see to a young woman who had collapsed on the pavement but had put the run lock system in place.
This allows the car to keep running without the keys but the engine will fade or stall if someone attempts to use it.
PC Mason, who is stationed in Uttoxeter, said he saw the vehicle ‘judder’ forward and stop. He said: “I immediately looked inside and to my alarm I saw the defendant inside the vehicle.
“I rushed across and asked ‘what do you think you’re doing? Basically he said he had jumped in and put his thumbs up for this brother to take a picture.
“He said he was just being an idiot for a laugh. As he spoke I could smell intoxicating liquor on his breath, his eyes were glassy and his speech was slurred.”
Mark Moore, defending, questioned whether the car ‘juddered’ or the engine faded when Gilbert knocked the clutch.
Gilbert, of Myrtle Bank, Milton Keynes, said he had consumed around 15 to 20 ciders in the day and more in the pubs.
He added that walking down High Street was ‘blurry’ but he got in the car so his brother could take a picture.
Gilbert also said he had size 14 feet and was squashed in the car so could easily of knocked one of the pedals.
He said the engine did fade but not jolt forward. Gilbert also accepted his brother could not be seen in the CCTV footage but thought he was there.
Magistrates found Gilbert guilty of both charges and asked for reports to be prepared before sentencing. They told Gilbert to return to Milton Keynes Magistrates’ Court on September 26.
Gilbert answers to unconditional bail and an interim driving disqualification.