Drink-driver refused to give blood sample as he didn’t believe police doc was genuine medic

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A DRINK-driver would not give police a blood sample because he refused to believe their doctor was a genuine medic.

Sean Wright was stopped on Philadelphia Lane as he headed towards Houghton after police heard the noise caused by his flat tyres.

Sunderland Magistrates’ Court was told the officers noticed the 25-year-old smelt of drink when they were speaking to him about the front offside tyre of his Vauxhall Corsa, which was down due to what looked like damage, and a half-deflated offside rear tyre.

Lee Poppett, prosecuting, told the bench a breathalyser test showed he had 75microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millitres of breath, with the legal limit 35microgrammes.

A further test after he was arrested and taken to a police station gave a reading of 82microgrammes of alcohol, but when the machine failed when given the second reading needed to carry out the assessment, he was asked to give a blood sample by a doctor.

His refusal led to him being charged with failing to provide a specimen in addition to using a vehicle with incorrectly inflated tyres on Saturday, December 20, with guilty pleas entered to both.

Robin Ford, mitigating, said: “The officer has said the doctor went to some lengths to demonstrate he was a doctor and showed him some prescriptions he had in a bag and his badge, but he was not convinced.”

Magistrates sentenced him to a 16-month driving ban and offered him the drink drive rehabilitation course.

Wright, of Green Avenue, Newbottle, was also ordered to pay a fine of £300, a victim surcharge of £30 and court costs of £85.

There was no separate penalty for the tyre faults, but he was told his licence would be endorsed.