Suspended prison sentence for motorist arrested as part of annual drink drive campaign
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A 48-year-old man who was arrested on Christmas Day as part of Northamptonshire Police’s annual drink drive campaign has been handed a five-month prison sentence - suspended for one year.
Russell Grant Wilson was arrested after police officers attended Eastfield Park in Grange Road, Northampton, following concerns from a member of the public about a vehicle being driven erratically on the grass.
At the park, officers found Wilson, of Nethermead Court, Northampton, and he was arrested on suspicion of driving whilst over the prescribed limit of alcohol but later charged with failing to provide a specimen for analysis.
Whilst ascertaining his details, Wilson asked the officers to collect his mobile phone from his car, which resulted in them finding a machete in the driver’s door and both Class A and Class B drugs.
At Northampton Magistrates’ Court on Monday, May 15, Wilson pleaded guilty to a total of six offences, including possession of a knife blade/pointed article in a public place, for which he was sentenced to 22 weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months.
Wilson received a further 10-week prison sentence to run concurrently for failing to provide a specimen for analysis and was disqualified from driving for 29 months. No further penalties were added for driving with no insurance or driving otherwise in accordance with a licence.
In addition to this he also received three two-week suspended sentences to run concurrently for possession of a Class A drug (ecstasy), possession of a Class B drug (cannabis) and for failing to appear before the magistrates’ court on Friday, May 5.
He was also ordered to complete a rehabilitation activity, carry out 100 hours of unpaid work as well as pay £154 victim surcharge and £620 court costs.