Drink driver’s vodka shame

A DRUNK driver from Batley was found with a half-empty bottle of vodka between his legs after celebrating Eid.

Zafar Iqbal, 28, of Purlwell Avenue, was stopped by police as he drove on Mill Street West in Dewsbury at around 3am on October 17.

Kirklees Magistrates’ Court heard Iqbal, who admitted to a string of motoring offences, was coming home from Eid celebrations in Manchester.

He pleaded guilty to driving over the limit, failing to provide a breath test and driving without a licence or insurance.

Iqbal, who was told by the Huddersfield bench he was lucky to escape jail, also admitted to driving while disqualified.

Alex Bozman, prosecuting, said police saw Iqbal’s Toyota Corolla being driven erratically on Mill Street West.

“As a result they stopped the vehicle,” Mr Bozman said. “Iqbal had a half-empty bottle of vodka between his legs and showed signs of being in drink.

“As they cautioned him he said: ‘Yes officer, I’m not going to lie, I’ve been drinking’.  He was then taken to the police station.”

Mr Bozman added Iqbal told a custody desk sergeant he had been drinking all night and was drunk.

Iqbal was handed a 12-month community order as a direct alternative to jail. This includes 15 days of activities and 250 hours of unpaid work.

Iqbal was also banned from driving for 33 months and told to pay £85 costs and £60 victim surcharge.

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