A MAN who ran up a sequence of motoring offences was eventually locked up while a pre-sentence report was prepared.

Blackburn magistrates heard Benjamin Michael Grundy had refused to give a blood sample after testing positive for cocaine in May and failed a breathalyser after knocking over a lamp-post in August.

He was made subject to an interim disqualification after that offence but was then caught behind the wheel of a stolen car on November 8 and remanded in custody.

Grundy, 28, of Lever Court, Blackburn, pleaded guilty to failing to provide, driving with excess alcohol, driving while disqualified, two charges of driving other than in accordance with a licence, three charges of driving without insurance and driving without due care and attention.

He was made subject to a community order for 18 months with 20 days rehabilitation activity requirement and a nine-month drug rehabilitation requirement. He was also made subject to a curfew between 7pm and 7 am for eight weeks and banned from driving for three years.

Andy Robinson, prosecuting, said the first incident in May occurred on Kings Bridge Street, Blackburn, at 9.55am when police attended a traffic collision. They found Grundy slumped in the driver’s seat and he appeared to be under the influence of drink or drugs.

He passed a roadside breathalyser but failed a drug swipe, which tested positive for cocaine, before refusing to provide a blood sample.

In August police attended on Duckworth Road where a car had collided with a lamp-post, knocking it over. Grundy had left the scene but returned later in a taxi and tried to make out the car had been stolen.

A month later he was stopped driving a stolen car although it was accepted he wasn’t aware the car was stolen.

Jonathan Taylor, defending, said his client had more than learned his lesson from the two weeks he had spent in custody waiting for a pre-sentence report to be prepared.

“He now realises he must do exactly what he is told by this court."