A DRIVER didn't stop for the police, hit a bollard, almost collided with another car and ended up smashing into a parked vehicle, a court heard.

Burnley magistrates heard how Darren Robinson, 24, then refused to give a breath test after the late-night escapade.

Robinson, of Shackleton Street, Burnley, was fined £60 and banned from driving for 18 months, after admitting driving without due care and attention, failing to provide a specimen of breath and using an uninsured vehicle.

Nigel Harrison, prosecuting, said just after 11pm, police saw Robinson mount the kerb and then hit a bollard on a central reservation.

He carried on down Briercliffe Road, in Burnley, and was veering into the opposite carriageway and back again.

The defendant, who was the only person in the car, was swerving in the direction of oncoming traffic and at one stage nearly had a collision.

The driver coming the opposite way was able to take action to avoid a crash.

Mr Harrison said Robinson then turned into a street, mounted the kerb and hit a parked car.

A police officer approached the vehicle the defendant was in. Robinson, who was drunk, was arrested and taken to the police station. He then refused to give a breath sample.

Mark Williams, defending, said after the accident when the police were behind Robinson, he knew he had had a drink and panicked.

He did not accept he was drunk. There was a lot of damage to his car, but although the defendant was lucky to walk away, he was stunned and shocked.