Drunk-driver: I put everybody at risk

A DRUNK-DRIVER from Mirfield admitted to police after a 100mph chase: “I put everybody at risk.”

Leigh Edwards, 27, was more than twice over the limit when he made a dash to see his estranged father on July 6.

Kirklees Magistrates’ Court heard Edwards sped from his home on Co-operative Street through Dewsbury and onto the M1.

He reached speeds of up to 105mph in his Toyota Yaris, which police spotted and followed him on the M62 westbound.

Edwards, whose heavily pregnant partner had tried to stop him leaving, had consumed a bottle-and-a-half of wine.

Alex Bozman, prosecuting, said Edwards admitted to a catalogue of motoring offences in a police interview.

These included dangerous driving, driving without a licence or insurance, drink driving and failing to stop for a police officer.

Mr Bozman said: “He accepted his driving was terrible and in his own words added: ‘I put everybody at risk’.”

Peter Hampson, mitigating, said Edwards had a history of family problems and had started substituting his anti-depressants for alcohol.

He added: “He got an overwhelming urge to see his family and tell them he could get by on his own.”

Magistrates referred sentencing to Leeds Crown Court on October 1 and handed Edwards an interim driving ban.

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