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Groom arrested for drink driving on a toy bike during stag do

A self-employed joiner has been banned from driving after he was arrested for drink driving during his stag do.

James Whittaker, 31, had been bought a mini off-road bike by his stags as a present and it was given to him on a night out in Honley, West Yorkshire.

He was then abandoned by his friends and jumped onto the bike to get back to his best man’s house.

A groom-to-be had a stag do to forget after he was caught drink-driving on a mini off-road bike bought by his mates as a present. James Whittaker, 31, was enjoying a night out ahead of his wedding when one of his pals produced the unusual present in Honley, West Yorkshire. Caption: James Whittaker (left), 31, of of Burnley Road in Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire, pictured arriving at Kirklees' Magistrates Court, where he was banned from driving for 12 months after pleading guilty to drink-driving

James Whittaker ended up in court for drink driving following his stag do (Picture: MEN)

Police saw him wobbling along the road and discovered that he was under the influence of alcohol at 11.30pm on July 13.

Magistrates were told that the ban would have a ‘monumental’ effect on his job, but he was banned for 12 months.

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The joiner admitted driving while over the prescribed limit when he appeared at Kirklees Magistrates’ Court.

Prosecutor Vanessa Jones, said Whittaker’s breath smelled of alcohol and he was found to have 42mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath – the legal limit is 35.

Jonathan Slawinski, mitigating, explained to magistrates that Whittaker had been out drinking at the Summer Wine Brewery as a precursor to his stag weekend.

Kirklees Magistrates' Court in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire Credit: Stephen Richards / Wikimedia

He was banned from the roads for a year at Kirklees Magistrates’ Court (Picture: Stephen Richards / Wikimedia)

Mr Slawinski said: ‘He was having some drinks and a friend popped out with a mini motorbike.

‘I’ve seen kids riding round on them and they’re tiny. It’s got an engine, is powered by petrol and sounds like a hair dryer going off.’

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Mr Slawinski said that at the end of drinking session the group headed back to the best man’s house where they were all staying.

But the man who bought him the bike refused to put it back into the boot of his car and the group all left Whittaker behind.

Mr Slawinski said: ‘Stupidly and foolishly he decided to get on the mini motorbike and set off on it.

‘He’s 5ft 9ins and 12 stone so when he came across the crossroads, an oversized grown man on an extremely small bike, it was wobbling and attracted the attention of police and they followed him.

‘He stopped outside the best man’s house and the rest is history. He’s completely bemused by the whole thing.

‘This is a very unusual incident, he’s made a foolish and silly mistake and he apologises to everybody.’

Magistrates were told that a ban from driving would have a ‘monumental affect’ on Whittaker’s job as a self-employed joiner.

Whittaker, of Burnley Road in Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire was banned from driving for 12 months.

He will have to pay £500 fine plus £85 court costs and £50 victim surcharge.



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