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Zafar Iqbal’s Toyota Corolla was stopped by officers concerned about his driving.

 

A drunk driver was found with a half empty bottle of vodka between his legs by police after celebrating a religious festival.

Zafar Iqbal’s Toyota Corolla was stopped by officers concerned about his driving.

After discovering the alcohol police arrested him and he admitted to them: “I’m not going to lie, I’ve been drinking.”

Yesterday the 28-year-old was lucky to escape jail after Kirklees magistrates heard how he acknowledged that his behaviour could have led to someone’s death.

The Huddersfield bench heard that police stopped Iqbal as he drove along Mill Street West in Dewsbury on October 17.

Magistrates heard that the Eid festival was around that time and at just before 3am Iqbal was returning home from Manchester.

Alex Bozman, prosecuting, said: “Police saw the vehicle being driven in a manner which caused them concern.

“As a result they stopped that vehicle and he (Iqbal) had a half empty bottle of vodka between his legs and was showing signs of being in drink.

“As they cautioned him he said: ‘Yes officer I’m not going to lie, I’ve been drinking’.

“At the police station he told the custody sergeant that he had been drinking all night and was drunk.”

Iqbal was unable to comply with the breath test procedure, magistrates heard.

Yesterday Iqbal, of Purlwell Avenue in Batley, admitted a charge of failing to provide a specimen for analysis as well as driving without a full licence or insurance.

Magistrates heard that he had a driving whilst disqualified matter on his record from 2010.

Iqbal admitted that he could have killed someone or caused serious injury.

He said that he did like to drink vodka once a week.

Magistrates sentenced him to a 12 month community order as a direct alternative to custody.

This order 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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