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Ban after breath test refusal

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 24, 2014

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A BURTON man has been banned from driving for 12 months after refusing to be breathalysed by police.

Mohammad Ali, of Salisbury Avenue, Winshill, was pulled over in Horninglow Street on March 3 after officers spotted him driving erratically.

He was seen swerving across white lines before pulling into Williams Street, Burton Magistrates’ Court heard.

Ali refused requests to be breathalysed both at the roadside and the police station.

One sample taken at the station found he had 74 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath suggesting he was more than twice the legal limit of 35 microgrammes, but a second test needed to record an accurate result could not be taken.

Terry Perry, defending, said Ali had been ‘nervous’ and was not being deliberately obstructive.

Ali, 31, pleaded guilty to failing to provide a specimen.

As well as the 12-month disqualification, he was also fined £275 and must also pay costs of £112.

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