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Pott Row woman refused to give sample after crash near home, magistrates told



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A Pott Row woman has been banned from driving following a crash near her home.

Rachel Smith, 43, refused to take a roadside breath test and or give a blood sample at hospital.

At Lynn Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, she was banned for 17 months after pleading guilty to failing to provide a specimen for analysis.

King's Lynn Magistrates' Court (54415797)
King's Lynn Magistrates' Court (54415797)

Jodin Gherra, prosecuting, said: “Police were called to a road traffic collision on November 18th, 2021.

“It was suspected that the defendant had driven her car into a parked vehicle. Paramedics and the fire department were on the scene.”

The court was told Smith initially said she would not give a breath sample as she was feeling sick.

“Police later ask her again for a sample. She refuses,” added Miss Gherra.

“She was later taken to hospital and was asked to provide a sample of blood. She said she did not consent.”

Smith, of Vong Lane, had no previous convictions.

Claire Edgeler, mitigating, gave a background of health difficulties for the defendant and said: “She explains to me that she had been very unwell at the time of this incident.”

Miss Edgeler added: “It was five minutes from home. She recalls going past the first vehicle but has no recollection of when she had the second crash.

“She is quite certain that she had had no alcohol that day.

“Had she provided [a sample] I have no doubt that she would not be here in court today.”

Smith can cut her disqualification with completion of a drink-driver rehabilitation course.

She was fined £384 and ordered to pay £105 costs plus a £38 victim surcharge.



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