Drink-driver’s £700 fine for refusing test

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A drink-driver who refused to give a lung breath test at a police station because he feared it could lead to a heart attack has been fined £700.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Monday that Ian Drakeley, 49, of Brendan Avenue, Somercotes, was spotted reversing into another car before police followed him and did a road side test which showed he had been drink-driving.

However, prosecuting solicitor Becky Allsop told how Drakeley then refused to give a sample of breath at the police station because he claimed he had high blood pressure.

Mrs Allsop said: “At the police station he refused to provide a sample of breath and said he had high blood pressure. This was not accepted by a nurse.”

Drakeley pleaded guilty to failing to provide a specimen for analysis after the incident in August.

But defence solicitor John Last explained Drakeley admitted driving while drunk and provided a roadside breath test but as part of a work medical he had been diagnosed with high blood pressure and advised that if he gave a lung test it could bring on a heart attack.

Mr Last said: “This case is unusual. When asked why he shouldn’t provide a test he said he suffers with high blood pressure. This is a man who has high blood pressure and has been advised he could have a heart attack if his heart was put under pressure.”

Magistrates fined Drakeley £700, disqualified him from driving for 16 months and ordered him to pay £85 costs and a £70 victim surcharge.