Dad locked up for Christmas

A dad will be spending Christmas in custody after admitting a cocaine and booze-fulled dangerous driving charge on Mad Friday.

James Fairburn, 28, of Park Square, Northowram, was refused bail by Calderdale magistrates when he appeared in court on Christmas Eve in relation to a police chase in the early hours of Saturday December 22.

He admitted dangerous driving, posessing cocaine, being over the drink drive limit -with 40mcg in breath, failing to stop for police, driving without a licence and insurance.

Jane Farrar, prosecuting, said Fairburn had driven his girlfriend’s car to hospital when she fell unwell at Yates pub in Halifax. Hospital staff called police, suspecting Fairburn had drunk alcohol. An officer spotted the car at the Shell petrol station on Salterhebble Hill and a seven-mile pursuit began.

Miss Farrar said Fairburn drove up to 70mph in 30mph zones, the wrong way on carriageways and up a no-entry road, then escaping on foot in Buttershaw before he was caught.

He tested postive for cocaine and four bags of powder were found in his underwear. Malik Saddiq, mitigating, said his only concern was for his girlfriend’s welfare, and admitted he panicked when learning police had been called.

Magistrates remanded Fairburn in custody until January 14 when he will be sentenced Bradford Crown Court.