Man who refused to give breath sample was ‘just being an idiot’

A MAN who refused to provide a breath sample when he was suspected of drink-driving said he did not know why he had ‘been an idiot’.

Carl Elston, who lives in Gedney, near Spalding, admitted to police that he had been drinking and had smoked some cannabis while he had been sitting in the car, the court was told.

He failed a roadside breath test by police when he was stopped at Fosdyke, on June 9, but when he was unable to provide a suitable breath sample at the police station, he refused to give blood or urine.

The 36-year-old pleaded guilty to failing to provide a specimen as the person in charge of a vehicle, when he appeared before Boston Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

Rebecca Ritson, prosecuting, said police approached Elston’s car after they saw him parked at about 11pm with no lights on.

She added: “He told police ‘you didn’t catch me driving’.”

He was initially arrested for being unfit to drive through drink or drugs and cautioned, but later charged with failing to provide a specimen.

Elston, who was not represented by a solicitor, told magistrates: “I don’t really know. I was just being an idiot, I suppose.”

He was banned from driving for 20 months and fined £230, as well as being slapped with £85 court costs and a £15 victim surcharge.