A Torrington man was involved in two separate collisions which involved alcohol. Joel Sidley, of New Street, pleaded guilty to drink driving on March 4 after he collided with Nissan micra in Monkleigh. He also admitted failing to provide a specimen and obstructing a police officer in their line of duty in a separate incident on June 7. North Devon Magistrates Court heard Sidley wrote off the Micra following the collision in March where he came round a corner on the wrong side of the road. He was arrested and when breathalysed in custody he blew a reading of 35 microgrammes of alcohol per 100ml of breath dead on the drink drive limit. But a forensic expert said as the test was taken two hours after the collision, Sidley was more like to have a breath reading of at least 47 microgrammes. On June 7 Sidley was again driving his black Audi TT on the B3232 from Barnstaple to Torrington when he collided with the roadside bank. A witness flagged down a passing police car which followed Sidley, but he refused to pull over and police gave up the chase for fear of a further collision. But prosecutor Lyndsey Baker said 30 seconds later they found Sidleys car in a lay-by and when officers tried to arrest him there was a struggle. Sidley was described as being animated and volatile in custody and refused to be breathalysed despite several attempts. Rod Ball, defending, said Sidley had a drink problem and had been offered a rehabilitation programme as he is already serving a community order. Magistrates decided to adjourn proceedings for a full report from the probation service before sentencing. An interim driving disqualification was imposed and Sidley was released on unconditional bail to appear again on July 15.Click here to return to our homepage for more North Devon news.