Worst 50th birthday ever? Man caught drink-driving after high-speed police chase...and officers find cannabis wrap in birthday card

Daniel Finan
Daniel Finan
  • Lorry driver was pulled over by police but sped away at speeds of 65mph in a 30mph zone
  • Man was nearly three times the drink-drive limit
  • Police also discovered a cannabis wrap inside one of his 50th birthday cards

A Northamptonshire man has lost his job and received a 15-month jail sentence after he made the “silly” decision to drive after he had drunk a large amount of alcohol to celebrate his 50th birthday.

Daniel Finan, of Welland Vale Road, Corby, drove away from a police officer after he was seen to travel through a red light in St James Road, Corby, on April 13.

Northampton Crown Court heard Finan, who was driving a Mercedes car, had been asked to pull over by the police officer but he then increased his speed and attempted to get away.

Jenna Allen, prosecuting, said Finan travelled at high speeds through Corby town centre, including 65mph in a 30mph zone.

After going the wrong way round a roundabout, Finan was finally stopped after his vehicle suffered a puncture.

He was arrested by officers and a Breathalyser test revealed that he was nearly three times the drink drive limit. His alcohol reading was 102 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

Finan, who was celebrating his 50th birthday on the day he was arrested, was also charged with possession of cannabis as officers found a wrap of the Class B drug in a birthday card in his car.

Mrs Allen said Finan told officers that he’d drunk “lots of vodka and five or six pints of beer” as it was his birthday and he knew he was over the limit.

Michael Coley, mitigating, said Finan had been a HGV driver for the past 14 years and his biggest punishment would be the loss of his employment.

Finan pleaded guilty to charges of dangerous driving, possession of cannabis and driving while over the alcohol limit.

Recorder Stuart Sprawson said Finan has made a “very silly” decision to drive after drinking a large amount of alcohol on his birthday.

He said: “You could have faced up to the consequences of what you had done when you were stopped by the officer but you made the judgment to carry out a dangerous and persistent course of conduct to evade detection.”

Finan was given a 15-month jail sentence for dangerous driving. He was also banned from driving for three years.