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Upwell driver stopped in Outwell refused to give sample

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A roofing company owner from Upwell has been banned from driving and ordered to do 200 hours’ unpaid work.

Mark Crosby refused to give a sample of urine for analysis after earlier providing an indicative reading of being three times the drink-drink limit.

The 51-year-old was stopped in Outwell at about 7pm on April 17 after being seen to swerve across Church Road.

Norfolk police Don't Drink and Drive (57387390)
Norfolk police Don't Drink and Drive (57387390)

At the roadside, Crosby blew 110 micrograms per 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35. Following arrest, he blew samples of 110 and 127.

Prosecutor Hannah Butler told Lynn Magistrates’ Court on Thursday: “Due to failings in the tolerance of the machine, officers requested a blood sample. The defendant refused, saying he had a phobia of needles.”

Crosby was then asked to supply a urine sample, which he refused to do.

In court he pleaded guilty to failing to provide a specimen for analysis.

In mitigation, solicitor John Ratcliffe described his client as “essentially a decent, hardworking, family man.”

The offence had occurred after Crosby had driven to the pub intending to leave his car there, said Mr Ratcliffe.

The plans of the person who was due to pick him up changed and the defendant decided to drive home.

“He says ‘I can’t think why I thought I should get in the car and can’t remember getting in the car',” the solicitor told the court.

“He’s horrified to have found himself in that situation. There’s a saying in West Yorkshire ‘when the ale gets in, the senses get out'.”

Crosby, of Small Lode, was disqualified from driving for 30 months, which can be cut with completion of a drink-driver rehabilitation course. He was also ordered to pay £200 in costs and victim surcharge.

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