A COMPANY director needing urgent medical attention was stopped by police as he drove “erratically” to the hospital, a court heard.
Mohammed Iqbal, who was banned from driving, was said to smell of drink, and his speech was slurred.
He was breath tested, was “borderline”, but ended up being taken to hospital by police instead of giving a sample of blood or urine.
Iqbal, who had suffered strokes and whose blood pressure was soaring, was armed with a letter from his doctor and police rushed him for treatment when he showed it them.
He was kept in and had been in hospital again since the incident two weeks ago.
Pennine magistrates heard how Iqbal, who had given officers a colleague’s name when stopped, may be prosecuted for a drink driving allegation at a later date.
The defendant (53), of Ashton Drive, Nelson, admitted driving while disqualified in St Paul’s Road, on March 3rd, obstructing police and driving with no insurance. He was bailed until April 7th for a pre-sentence report.
Miss Parveen Akhtar (prosecuting) said police saw Iqbal appearing to swerve. He was said to be braking suddenly and weaving on the road. Officers followed him and stopped him. He was taken to hospital suffering from chest pains and had not been charged with excess alcohol.
Mr Mark Williams, for Iqbal, said he was in poor health. He had had a number of strokes and was off work sick. He had not been feeling well and had been to see his GP.
The doctor had taken his blood pressure, found it was extremely high and advised him to go straight to hospital for urgent attention.
He did not go immediately, did some jobs, had a drink and tried to contact his nephew.
He then decided he would have to drive to hospital.
Mr Williams said: “Any erratic driving was probably more as a result of his ill health than anything else.”
The solicitor told the hearing: “He knows full well he should not have got behind the wheel of a car.
“He should, earlier in the day, have called an ambulance. He was borderline in terms of drink driving.
“He may or may not be prosecuted.”