Roofer Jailed for False ID after Drink Driving with Children in Van

A ROOFER has been jailed after he gave a false ID to police when he was stopped and found to be almost twice over the alcohol limit when driving with a woman and two children in his van.

Shaun Hinchcliffe was jailed for four months by Leeds Crown Court after pleading guilty to attempting to pervert the course of justice. Hinchcliffe had given a false name, date of birth and address to police

Patrolling officers had pulled the van driver over in Wakefield, at around 8pm on the 8th May, last year. Two children and a woman were passengers in the van.

Jailed for False ID

The court heard that the police checked the details Hinchcliffe provided through the system and they initially appeared to be correct. However, when his fingerprints were taken at the police station in Normanton around an hour later, his true identity was uncovered. A breathalyser test showed Hinchcliffe was almost double the legal alcohol limit with 64 mcgs of alcohol in 100 mls of breath. The legal limit is 35 mcgs.

A serial offender, the 42-year-old, of Balne Avenue, Wakefield, has 16 previous convictions for 35 offences, the case prosecutor told the judge.

In mitigation, the defending lawyer said Hinchcliffe ran his own roofing business which employed five people. He said the defendant has been unable to work because of back and knee problems. He added that, should Hinchcliffe be jailed, his roofing business could fold.

But Judge Simon Batiste queried how the business was still operating if Hinchcliffe is currently unfit to work, saying the defence “did not fit together”. He ordered that Hinchcliffe was jailed for four months.

Shaun Hincliffe was later dealt with by the magistrates’ court for the drink-driving charge. He received a 16-month driving ban and was fined £120.

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