Belfast Telegraph

Drunk lawyer three times legal limit when car chased by police

By Deborah McAleese

A drunk lawyer sparked a police car chase through Lisburn when he refused to stop for officers who flagged him down, a court has heard.

Belfast-based solicitor Timothy Jackson was three times over the drink driving limit when he was eventually apprehended.

He now faces disciplinary action by the Law Society after being convicted yesterday for serious motoring offences for the second time in three years.

The 55-year-old, from McGowan Park in Hillsborough, pleaded guilty at Lisburn Magistrates Court to drink driving and failing to stop for police.

Jackson was driving along Lisburn's Ballynahinch Road on July 26 when officers signalled for him to stop.

The court heard he stopped temporarily, but when officers started to get out of their car he sped off.

Police chased him, using their siren and blue lights to try to get him to stop.

They eventually apprehended him in the Ballygowan Park area of the town.

A breathalyser test found him to be more than three times over the legal drink drive limit.

Jackson's defence lawyer told the court that the Hillsborough man was "chastened and embarrassed" by his offences.

"Failing to stop, that was out of ignorance," he said.

"He didn't appreciate that police were endeavouring to stop him.

"When he became aware of police intention he did stop."

The lawyer added that Jackson is currently off work with a stress-related illness.

The judge told Jackson this was a "very serious matter".

"The police had on the sirens and blue lights and you did stop. But as soon as the police officer got out of the car you drove off," he said.

"When you eventually did stop you were more than three times the legal limit for driving. This is a very serious matter."

Jackson, who was also convicted for drink driving in July 2012, has been banned from driving for five years.

A £500 fine was also imposed by the court.

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