Year’s ban for failing to give breath test

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A DRIVER who refused to give a breath test after being stopped by police was banned for a year and fined £250.

James Evans, of New Beacon Road, Grantham, admitted a charge of failing to provide a specimen for analysis after being stopped in Dudley Road on July 15.

Evans, 46, was brought to the attention of police by a concerned passer-by who spotted him leaving the Blue Bull pub on unsteady legs before getting into his car and driving off.

Evans was followed by officers who observed him driving erratically and travelling at speed before pulling him over. He failed a roadside breath test before being taken to Grantham police station.

At the station he was required to give two further breath tests but would only give one.

Bill Fraser, defending, said: “He can’t really explain why he did not blow into the Intoxilyzer machine. It may be due to the fact he had admitted to police he had had a drink.”

Evans was banned from driving for a year and ordered to pay a fine of £250. He must also pay a £15 surcharge and £85 in costs.