A MAN has been hit with a £800 court penalty for refusing to give police the name of a driver suspected of committing an offence.

Matthew McCall, 38, of Dog Rose Place, Holmes Chapel, was found guilty of the offence at Chester Magistrates Court on May 9.

A police officer had requested the name of the driver of a Ford vehicle on September 24, last year.

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The motorist was alleged to have been guilty of a road traffic offence, the court heard.

McCall was fined £660 and ordered to pay £110 costs and £66 victim surcharge.

Magistrates also endorsed his driving licence with six points.

The defendant was given until June 6 to pay the court bill.