Drink driver caught on camera in Leeds city centre

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A DRINK driver who abandoned his car after causing a crash in Leeds city centre has been jailed for eight months.

A court heard motor trader Mark Loftus was still twice the drink-drive FIVE hours after causing the collision.

Loftus, 38, was driving his wife’s Volvo when he crashed into a Skoda on Park Row at 1.45am on April 4 this year.

Leeds Crown Court heard the driver of the Skoda had a camera fitted to his car and followed Loftus as he drove through red lights onto Boar Lane and parked outside a club.

Loftus was then caught on camera getting out of the vehicle and staggering along the pavement.

Police were contacted but Loftus returned to the vehicle was followed by officers as he drove around City Square.

He abandoned the car as it was facing the wrong way down a one-way road along Duncan Street.

Loftus was arrested as he tried to walk away. A blood test taken five hours later showed he was still double the drink drive limit. Loftus, of Back Lane, Allerton Bywater, pleaded guilty to drink driving, dangerous driving and failing to stop.

Nicholas De La Poure, mitigating, said Loftus had is own company as a motor trader but had now ceased trading as a result of his convictions. He said the father-of-three was prone to binge drinking and could not remember much of the incident. Mr De La Poure urged Recorder Peter Babb to consider imposing a community punishment so Loftus could receive treatment to address his drinking.

He added that Lotfus’s wife would have to give up her job if he was sent to custody. Recorder Babb told Loftus: “I have taken into account the affect that this will have. I’m afraid that is something you have brought upon yourself by behaving in the way you did.”