Grantham court: Rum ‘caused driver to forget’

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A Grantham man said he could remember drinking a litre of rum before driving, but not being asked to provide a breath sample.

Roland Manning, 37, of Norton Street, pleaded guilty to failure to provide on June 13. Marie Stace, prosecuting, told how at 12.20am, officers were called to reports of a fight. While Manning was being booked into the custody suite for a public order offence, another informed police that Manning had driven his car into theirs.

Further investigations by officers, including finding the car key which had been hidden, and his subsequent refusal to give a breath sample, led to Manning being charged for this offence.

During a report to magistrates, Kiran Patel, of the Probation Service, said Manning told police he could remember finishing off a litre of rum before starting the car. He could not remember being asked to supply a breath sample.

Mr Patel said Manning suffers from diabetes and severe depression and was not supposed to drink because of the medication he was on. His drinking was due to relationship issues.

Sonia Bhalla, defending, said Manning could not cope with the breakdown in his relationship with his partner. She said: “He tells me he was gutted and he even cried when he was in custody.”

Manning was disqualified from driving for 36 months and was given a six-month community order to include a 10-day specified activity. He was ordered to pay a criminal charge of £150, a victim surcharge of £60 and costs of £40.