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Former teacher refused to give cops a breath test

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 21, 2014

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A FORMER school teacher has been banned from driving and told to pay a hefty fine for failing to provide a breath test when stopped by police.

Rosemary Duggan, 57, of Main Street, Alrewas, appeared at Burton Magistrates’ Court to plead guilty to charges of failing to provide a specimen for analysis and driving a car otherwise than in accordance with a licence.

Her driving licence had expired.

Duggan had been out to a restaurant with her partner on February 22, and had drank three small glasses of wine.

She was stopped by police at the Branston roundabout, close to the A38.

Sam Frazer, prosecuting, said: “The police officers were on duty at 12.25am in a marked police car when they saw the defendant driving a Mercedes.

“She swerved on the wrong side of the road. Police pulled the car over and she stumbled out of the car and into the back of the police car.

“She sucked on the breathalyser machine and made no attempt to blow into it.”

Duggan was arrested and taken to Burton Police Station.

A letter read out in her defence said she left her home to travel to a restaurant, where she drank three small glasses of wine.

The decision was made that she would drive home as her partner had drank more than her.

It stated there was no medical reason as to why she could not provide a sample, and claimed she tried without success.

The letter also stated that Duggan became increasingly anxious at the police station and was told she could not use the toilet facilities until she had provided a sample.

It said that her mail from a previous address had not been forwarded, so she was unaware that her driving licence had been revoked by the DVLA.

Duggan, who the court heard was a retired school teacher, was banned from the roads for 16 months.

She was fined £500, and told to pay a £50 victim surcharge and £85 in court costs.

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