A drunken moped rider tried to escape from the police by riding the machine through the front door of his house, a court heard.

When officers tried to arrest Wayne Parry an angry crowd gathered to support him.

Prosecutor Diane Williams told magistrates in Llandudno that Parry was spotted riding the 50cc moped erratically on West Parade, Rhyl, in the early hours of July 20.

Police officers followed him and signalled to him to stop with their blue flashing light, but he carried on into Bedford Street but the pursuit was called off because of the risk to both Parry and the public.

He then rode into Princes Street, where he lived, colliding with a gate pillar before trying to ride through the front door.

When arrested he was found to have 51 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath, the legal limit being 35.

Graham Parry, defending, described it as “a silly decision” to take his neighbour’s moped and to ride it after drinking.

Parry, aged 28, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol, failing to stop for an officer, having no insurance and no licence.

He was fined a total of £320 and ordered to pay costs of £85 and a £30 surcharge. He was also banned from driving for 16 months.