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A Drunk Driver In Accrington Tried To Fool Police By Hiding His Car Keys Up His Bum

It must have seemed like a good idea at the time. Via the Accrington Observer.

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When Kyle Cooper was stopped by police while almost twice over the legal alcohol limit, he had an idea: if he clenched the car keys between his bum cheeks he could tell police he was only a passenger.

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Burnley Crown Court heard last week that the 28-year-old was driving his silver Ford Fiesta at high speeds around Accrington in February. Police spotted and chased him, before he gave them the slip, the Accrington Observer reported.

Shortly afterwards, the same officers saw the car parked on a street and Cooper approaching it to get back in – only for him to run away when he saw them.

When police eventually caught up with him as he walked around nearby, he said his name was Kyle Smith, despite documents in the car bearing the name Kyle Cooper.

He eventually provided his real name. He said he had been driving the car and panicked and ran off.However, when he was arrested he changed his account completely and said he was only the passenger in the car and his friend was driving.When he was searched in the cells they found he had been clenching the keys up his bottom. He accepted it was his car and had owned it for two months but said it was an acquaintance driving.

For the defence, Philip Holden told the court that Cooper "is a hard-working young man. His problem is alcohol and committing offences while in drink."

Nevertheless, he was found guilty at Blackburn Magistrates' Court and sentenced to a 12-month community order, involving 150 hours of unpaid work and a three-year driving bann as well as a curfew order and a £600 fine.

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