Drink-driver caught doing ‘doughnuts’ in police car park

The 21-year-old was caught in a police car park
The 21-year-old was caught in a police car park

A drink-driver from Wilberfoss showed off his driving skills by performing handbrake turns and wheel spins in a police car park.

Aigars Danilans, 21, treated officers of the North Yorkshire Police Force to a whirlwind display of “doughnuts” and drastic about-turns in the car park of Fulford Road Police Station, York.

The incident took place in the middle of the force’s annual Christmas drink-drive campaign.

The drink-addled boy racer, from Wilberfoss, was behind the wheel of a blue Rover as he whizzed past a dumbstruck police sergeant who was parked at a give-way line. Danilans sped straight into the car park regardless, York Crown Court heard.

He then performed several “doughnuts” and screeched his car around a few times - only to discover he was in a police car park, said prosecutor Graham O’Sullivan.

The motor show had officers staring in disbelief as Danilans’ vehicle sped towards a police sergeant’s car, stopping just behind the officer’s vehicle.

The sergeant watched Danilans’ antics from his own car and switched on his blue lights. Danilans “accelerated back” between some police vehicles, said Mr O’Sullivan.

The sergeant managed to box Danilans in with the help of a second officer.

Two frightened pedestrians were stood nearby at the time of the incident.

Danilans, of Sand Lane, Wilberfoss, was arrested and hauled in for questioning.

Following a police toxicology test, it was revealed that the builder was more than twice the legal drink-drive limit when he embarked on his crazy stunt at 3.30am on December 18 last year.

It was also discovered that Danilans had been driving his mother’s car and had no insurance to drive.

Danilans admitted dangerous driving, drink-driving and having no insurance.

He appeared for sentence on Friday February 24 accompanied by a Latvian interpreter.

Mr O’Sullivan said: “He was doing ‘doughnuts’, wheel spins, in the car park, and accelerating towards cars.”

He said Danilans had driven from Pocklington to meet two friends in York.

He was alone in the vehicle but the court heard he had done the handbrake turns to “show off” to pals.

Danilans later told police he had been “tipsy” after drinking cans of beer and didn’t know why he had had driven into the police car park. He said he didn’t know York very well.

“The Crown says this involved excessive speed and showing off,” said Mr O’Sullivan. “There were at least two pedestrians (at the scene) and officers said they looked concerned for their safety.”

Danilans, who has no previous convictions and lives with his parents, represented himself in court and appeared contrite in the dock of Courtroom One.

Recorder Tahir Khan QC described Danilans’ antics as “foolish and immature”.

He gave him a 12-month suspended jail term with 140 hours’ unpaid work, on top of a 22-month driving ban.

Danilans was also ordered to pay £340 prosecution costs and a £115 statutory surcharge.

Danilans told the court: “I understand and I’m very sorry.”