A 24-YEAR-old man lied to police that his car, which had crashed, had been stolen while he was at a party.

But CCTV showed that he had been at the wheel when it drove into a fence at Llangollen on October 6, magistrates heard.

Daniel Jordan Aston of Brook Avenue, Connah’s Quay, pleaded guilty to obstructing a constable in the execution of his duty.

Aston, a carpet fitter, was ordered to pay £317 in a fine and costs.

Diane Williams, prosecuting at Llandudno court, said that at 2.37am a 999 call had been made by Aston saying his car had been stolen and that he had given chase on foot. It had crashed into a fence and the “driver” ran away, he claimed.

Mrs Williams said later last month he admitted to police it was a lie. “He said he hadn’t lied to avoid a drink driving charge because he only had a bottle of lager,” she added.

Defence solicitor Deborah Davies said : “He has no problem with drink or drugs and is very sorry for wasting police time.”

Court chairman Graham Edwards warned Aston he was “building up a bit of previous”. ENDS