Drunk dad left trail of destruction which included scratching ‘nonce’ onto stranger’s car and crashing a van


A Stockport dad crashed his white transit van into a traffic light after scratching the word ‘nonce’ into a stranger’s car.

Joseph Arron Cummings, of Dundonald Road, Cheadle Hulme, carried out his trail of destruction on June 6 this year, after drinking alcohol at a family celebration.

Today (August 25), he admitted to failing to stop his van when ordered to do so by police, causing criminal damage to a car, and failing to provide a breath sample at the police station.

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Cummings’ criminal activity began when he smashed the windows of a car in Wilmslow, prosecutors told Stockport Magistrates this afternoon.

Witnesses say they saw a man carrying a hammer near an address on Elton Close.

They then heard ‘smashing’, before seeing the man leave in a van.

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It transpired that the car of a resident had been badly damaged — as Cummings had smashed the back and passenger side windows, and scratched the word ‘nonce’ into the paintwork.

The victim said he ‘does not have any reason as to why anyone would’ carry out the damage.

Following his attack on the car, Cummings was first spotted by a police officer after failing to give way when leaving a road in Wilmslow.

After being tailed by cops on the A34 travelling towards Manchester, police switched on blue lights and ordered the 29-year-old self-employed plasterer to stop.

However, Cummings did not halt — and instead accelerated his van through a red light in Handforth.

Prosecution advocate, Mr Green, said Cummings drove through the red light at the junction between the A34 and A555 — the Manchester Airport Relief Road.

As he did so, he lost control and crashed into another set of traffic lights at the junction.

When cops arrived at the scene of the smash, they heard the van’s engine revving, which officers thought was Cummings’ attempt to flee, Mr Green said.

However, he was stuck on the lamppost and had nowhere to go.

Police then arrested Cummings and breathalysed him.

At the roadside, the test found 87 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath — more than twice the English limit of 35.

The dad-of-two was then taken to a nearby police station, but refused to provide a sample there.

He pleaded guilty to failing to stop when directed by police, failure to provide a breath specimen for analysis, and causing criminal damage under £5,000.

Defending Cummings was Ms Farouq.

She argued in mitigation: “He is remorseful and shameful.

“He is completely appalled by his actions. He can only put it down to the drinking. He is not a drinker, he had been out at a family event.

“He does not remember doing [the damage]. He completely apologises for his actions.”

The defence went on to say Cummings had a pregnant partner and two children who depended on his earnings as a self-employed plasterer and construction firm operator.

It was argued that Cummings’ companies, Versed Plastering and Versed Construction, employed staff and sub-contractors who would have to be laid off if the director was jailed.

Ultimately, Magistrate Richard Rigby did not send Cummings to prison immediately.

Sentencing him, Mr Rigby told the defendant: “These offences are very serious.

“We have taken into account everything — in regards that you are a businessman and you have people that rely on you and your family.

“These offences are so serious a custodial sentence will be enforced.

“You are extremely lucky going through a red light to have not caused damage to a member of the public.”

Joseph Cummings was sentenced to six weeks in prison for the criminal damage and 12 weeks for the failure to provide a specimen — with both terms suspended for 24 months.

On top of that, he was banned from driving for 32 months.

In addition, he was ordered to pay £300 compensation to the owner of the car he damaged, given a £400 fine for failing to stop for police, told to pay £85 in costs, and will pay a £128 surcharge.

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