A DRINK-driver fled across fields after he crashed his vehicle into railings next to the pedestrian crossing in the centre of a village.
Police later caught up with him at a service station in Mold where he had with him a bottle of cider.
He said he had not been drinking while driving – but had lager and cider afterwards.
Daniel Shone then struggled with police and he and two officers ended up with extensive nettle stings after they fell into undergrowth.
Initially Shone, 27, denied drink-driving.
But police did a back calculation and found that, based on the amount of alcohol he said he had consumed, he would still be over the drink-drive limit when he was behind the wheel.
Flintshire Magistrates Court at Mold was told he actually blew a reading of 73 microgrammes at Wrexham Police Station – compared to the legal limit of 35.
However, prosecutor Helen Tench said he was being prosecuted for a reading of 66 based on a forensic analyses of what he said he had drank after the crash.
Shone, of Bryn Offa, Mynydd Isa near Mold, admitted drink- driving together with charges of failing to stop after an accident and causing criminal damage to a police car.
An interim driving ban was imposed and the case was adjourned for sentence.
Mrs Tench said that on July 9 a man called police to report a van had driven into a set of traffic lights on the A494 road at Gwernymynydd.
The driver ran off and the description given was that he was wearing a red shirt and white shorts and trainers.
Police officers attended and found the vehicle embedded in railings at the crossing.
From an examination it was clear there had been one person in the vehicle and the air bag, which had activated, was cut out and seized as evidence.
Payslips and other documents gave the defendant’s name and a former address in Buckley.
A police sergeant located a man of the same description at a service station in Mold.
Shone, who was under the influence of alcohol, denied being involved in the crash.
He had a two-litre bottle of cider on him and keys, was arrested when he provided a positive breathtest and told police officers that while he had not crashed the vehicle, his DNA and finger prints would be in it because he drove it every day.
But when arrested he tensed up and pulled away from officers and started to run from the petrol station forecourt.
He stumbled into undergrowth and fell over and attempted to push officers away. Force had to be used to restrain and handcuff him.
In the police vehicle, he banged the rear window with both feet and the rear off-side door was bent out of shape after being kicked repeatedly.
Interviewed, Shone said he panicked and left the scene when he knew he should have remained.
He went to Mold to buy cigarettes and cider and had drunk from a can of lager as he made his way through fields.
Phillip Lloyd Jones, defending, said he explained the strength of the evidence against him, and the weakness of his own case, and Shone had decided to plead guilty.
Even on his own version of events he was still over the drink-drive limit at the time.
That day he and his wife had not been getting on too well and he drove to Moel Famau to get away from the situation.
While there, he had consumed a few cans.
On the way back he lost control, the collision occurred and in panic he fled.
Shone had mental health difficulties and been diagnosed as bipolar.
Shone had two children and efforts were being made to reconcile with his partner.
The defendant was granted unconditional bail until November so a pre-sentence report can be prepared.