A Leicester man’s family holiday in Blackpool went downhill fast after an argument with hotel staff over their booking.
Stefan Stafford and up to 15 members of his family believed they had reserved three rooms at the resort’s famous Grand Hotel in August this year, but arrived to find the booking had not been wholly fulfilled, Leicester Magistrates’ Court heard.
A member of staff called police after 27-year-old Stafford’s behaviour deteriorated and he became ‘aggressive’, prosecutor Neil Hollett said.
However Stafford, of Brooksby Road, off Saffron Lane, left before officers arrived at the scene, Mr Hollett told the hearing.
“Police were called to a report of a male causing a disturbance and being aggressive at the Grand Hotel,” he said, adding that the incident happened toward midnight on Saturday, August 15.
“When officers, arrived it appeared the man had left by a back door.”
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The officers spoke to hotel staff to get a description of Stafford and went in search of him, Mr Hollett said.
They had also received a report of a van being driven without its lights on, and they were able to establish the vehicle belonged to Stafford, he added.
Eventually officers traced the defendant running down the street, and chased him for a short distance before detaining him as he tried to climb over a wall.
His van was found nearby with its keys on the pavement next to it.
He was detained on suspicion of drink driving.
Mr Hollett said: “He was arrested without a roadside test being taken and refused to provide a sample of breath when he was taken into custody.”
Stafford’s solicitor, Roshni Modi, told the court: “He has explained he was in Blackpool on a family holiday.
“He was there with approximately 15 members of his family.
“There was some involvement with alcohol, but he explains he was not extremely intoxicated and suggests he’d had a few pints.
“He says he was unaware failing to provide a specimen was an offence, and he had wanted advice before providing one.”
Stafford admitted a single charge of failing to provide a breath specimen to police for analysis.
Magistrates banned him from driving for 12 months and ordered him to carry out 80 hours of unpaid community work.
He was also ordered to pay prosecution costs of £85 and victims surcharge of £95.