BIRTHDAY celebrations ended with a police chase, arrest and a night in custody for a Bodmin man who took his friend's car without permission and drove it in the town while over the limit.
Kieran Pedlar, 26, of Carpenter's Court, was on police bail at the time for being drunk and disorderly in the town on a separate occasion.
Pedlar, a provisional licence holder, appeared in custody before Bodmin magistrates on Monday when he pleaded guilty to taking a vehicle without consent, driving it with excess alcohol, without insurance or a licence, and failing to stop for a police officer on December 15, and being drunk and disorderly a month earlier.
Jill Wilson, for the prosecution, said that on November 16 a police officer was called to St Mary's Road, Bodmin, where Pedlar was repeatedly shouting and swearing in the street.
The officer told Pedlar to get out of the road but Pedlar, who was unsteady on his feet and smelt of alcohol, swore at him in the presence of children. Pedlar fully admitted the offence, although could not remember the exact details.
On Saturday night Pedlar had been out celebrating his birthday when he asked his friend for the keys to his Peugeot car so that he could get something. He then drove it without permission.
A police officer on mobile patrol saw the Peugeot approaching at speed at around 3.30am and followed behind, illuminating his emergency light to get the vehicle to stop. Pedlar ignored this and a pursuit ensued, said Mrs Wilson.
After a short distance, Pedlar did stop, putting his hands in the air and saying he had taken the car without permission. He failed a roadside breath test and a police station sample showed he had 62 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, the limit being 35mcg.
Pedlar told police he had been drinking all day and the previous day, and was surprised the reading was so low.
William Hazelton, for the defence, said that alcohol was "a clear issue" for Pedlar and he had been seeking help for this. He had not intended to drive that night but had behaved in an impulsive way.
Currently unemployed, he had the offer of work as a security officer in the new year.
Pedlar was banned from driving for 20 months and ordered to pay a total of £465 in fines, costs and surcharge. He was offered a drink-drive rehabilitation course which, if completed, will reduce the ban by 20 weeks.