A drunk driver who crashed his Porsche while dropping two pals home from a boozy dinner blamed Storm Dennis, saying strong winds blew the supercar off the road.
Nicholas Hird, 31, ploughed his 911 Turbo into a street sign in Alderley Edge, Cheshire, after offering friends a lift in the bad weather on February 21.
Police responding to the crash spotted him walking away from the scene clutching one of the vehicle’s personalised number plates, which he quickly dashed to the floor during a failed attempt to flee.
Hird, from Congleton, was found to be almost twice the legal limit and later admitted driving with excess alcohol as well as obstructing police after accidentally bundling over one of the chasing officers. He was banned from the roads for 18 months and fined £1,066.
Stockport Magistrates’ Court heard the oil rig worker was out celebrating being on shore leave following a two-week stint stationed out in the Irish Sea.
He spent the evening at Piccolino eating and drinking with friends and claimed he thought it would be safe to drive after switching to soft drinks part-way through.
Defending, Damian Mullarkey said: ‘An earlier case in this court made reference to Storm Dennis and the date in question for this offence is very similar.
‘[Hird] was asked to drive two of his friends and he did so because of the bad weather. But that bad weather caused him to swerve and he lost the back end.
‘He lost control, clipped the kerb and crashed into the post in question.’
Tests showed Hird had 63 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35mg.
Mr Mullarkey added: ‘The fact is my client momentarily panicked but then complied fully with the police thereafter.
‘The aggravating features are the amount of alcohol consumed, but there is an argument that had it not been for the weather would the accident have happened?’
Mr Mullarkey told the court Hird is not likely to lose his well-paid job, but will have to find alternative means of completing the 150-mile round trip to and from Blackpool where a helicopter flies him to the rig.
Hird was also ordered to pay £150 costs.