Drunk man joyrides milk float so slowly milkman caught up with him

James Cooper leaving Manchester Magistrates Court, where he is accused of drink driving on a stolen milk float. Disclaimer: While Cavendish Press (Manchester) Ltd uses its' best endeavours to establish the copyright and authenticity of all pictures supplied, it accepts no liability for any damage, loss or legal action caused by the use of images supplied. The publication of images is solely at your discretion.For terms and conditions see
James Cooper stole a milk cart after a wild evening out (Picture: Cavendish)

A drunk stole a milk float after a wild evening out however his escape was thwarted when the irate milkman managed to catch him on foot.

James Cooper commandeered the 10mph automobile and commenced to drive off at a snail’s tempo by means of Manchester metropolis centre.

A court docket heard that he had drunk 10 pints earlier than the incident and in addition managed to gamble away his cash at a on line casino.

The milkman had been delivering to a close-by condo block when his battery-operated cart was taken.

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He sprinted after the previous property agent, pulled him out of the cab and made a citizen’s arrest on the hapless driver.

The police have been known as to the scene and located Cooper three-times over the drink-drive restrict.

The 31-year-old admitted drink driving and taking a conveyance with out authority when he appeared at Manchester Magistrates’ Court.



He has now been banned from driving for 26 months and is topic to a 7pm curfew and a 12-month group order.

He can be due to enter rehab for 28 days over his consuming and has been ordered to pay £175 in prices and compensation.

A general view of Manchester Magistrates Court and Coroner's Court.
Cooper was given a group order, a wonderful and a curfew after showing at Manchester Magistrates’ Court (Picture: PA)

The incident occurred on August 20 after Cooper was visiting Manchester from his house close to Canterbury, Kent.

It is assumed he went on a pub crawl after which a on line casino however he gambled away his cash and had no technique of transportation to his lodgings.

Prosecutor Martha Dowd stated: ‘He had consumed a big amount of alcohol and at 5.30am he approached the milk cart while the milkman was doing his early morning rounds.

‘He began performing aggressively and the motive force initially feared for his security and tried to run from the defendant and secured himself behind a locked gate.

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‘But because the defendant then received into the milk truck and drove it away, the milkman chased the van – and managed to catch him.

‘He pulled the defendant out and restrained him and the police were called. The defendant subsequently failed a breath test.’

Ms Dowd instructed the court docket that Cooper had 105 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The authorized restrict is 35mg.

At the time, Cooper instructed police he had no recollection of the incident and solely remembered being handcuffed.



In mitigation, his lawyer Declan Doherty stated: ‘He would agree with my description of this incident as absolute insanity.

‘He wholeheartedly accepts that and in police interview the defendant discovered it arduous to come back to phrases with how he behaved.

‘He has expressed regret and victim empathy.’



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