A DRUNK man crashed into a hotel fence after a wedding reception before fleeing the scene and going back to his room where he was arrested.

Sean Gisbourne refused to provide police with a breath sample but said he “doesn’t recall” any of it, his solicitor told Worcester magistrates last week.

The 31-year-old has had “big alcohol issues” for 15 years but had not drank for 19 days at the time of the hearing last Thursday, a probation report said.

The court also heard Gisbourne, of Worcester Road, Evesham, attempted to take his own life in 2014 but is now considered a “low risk of serious harm” until he “gets behind the wheel”.

Belinda Ariss, defending, said her client is currently attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, as well as receiving bereavement counselling and is working with Swanswell.

“He is alcohol-dependent and has been for many years, but hasn’t drank since this incident,” she continued.

The defendant’s mum died due to alcohol abuse and his dad also has problems with drink, Ms Ariss told the court.

Gisbourne was attending a family wedding reception at the Beckford Inn Hotel in Tewkesbury on May 5 when he attempted to drive away in the early hours and crashed into a fence, before abandoning the vehicle.

Shafquat Reaz, prosecuting, said police were called at 3am and found the defendant in his hotel bedroom, but he “remained seated and refused” to give a breath sample.

Ms Ariss said Gisbourne remembers being at the wedding reception but “he then doesn’t recall why he went out in the car” or why he refused to give a sample.

“Everyone else had gone to bed and he was actually arrested in his bedroom,” she said.

The court heard that the defendant had previously been before the court for alcohol related offences in 2007 and 2014.

He accepted a charge of failing to provide a specimen for analysis and was given a 12-month community order.

Chair of the bench Wendy Coggan said she and her colleagues were “pleased” to hear Gisbourne was making good progress with his alcohol issue.

She ordered him to undertake 30 rehabilitation activity requirement days, which include alcohol treatment sessions, and to do 80 hours of unpaid work.

Gisbourne was disqualified from driving for 36 months and ordered to pay £220 in costs.