Drunken accountant drove car at police

Martin will appear at Luton Crown Court on December 4
Martin will appear at Luton Crown Court on December 4

Drunken accountant Rodney Harris forced two police officers to jump out of the way as he sped away through Leighton Buzzard.

The police, who had been called to a “domestic incident,” got no reply when they knocked on the front door of the house in Plover Road.

Prosecutor Laura Blackband told Luton Crown Court on Tuesday that Harris revved his car engine and drove round the corner at speed with no lights on.

He mounted the pavement and caused the police to jump out of the way.

Other officers were alerted and Harris was stopped nearby.

A kitchen knife was found on his front passenger seat.

When he was breathalysed, he gave a reading of 73 – just over twice the drink drive limit.

Harris, of Falcon Mews, Leighton Buzzard, was convicted of possessing a bladed article.

He pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and drink driving on the night of February 8 this year.

He had a conviction from January 19 this year for assaulting two constables.

On that occasion he was fined £330 for slapping them on the shoulders.

Robert English, defending, said: “At 53 he should not be before the court.

“He is a highly-qualified, very successful accountant.”

He said the dangerous driving was over a “very short period.”

Judge Michael Kay QC said: “A worrying factor is that this is the second incident involving you and the police.

“There is a suggestion you have a certain, unfortunate view of the police.

“The police were just going about their duty.”

He passed a three-month jail sentence suspended for 12 months and banned him from driving for 12 months, with a condition that he takes an extended retest before regaining his licence.

Harris must also go on a rehabilitation course for 30 days, carry out 200 hours of unpaid work and pay 500 costs.