Brighton man fined after refusing to take breath test

Posted On 24 Jul 2015 at 6:36 pm

A man from Brighton has been fined after he refused to take a breath test.

Paul Hardy, 47, of Windlesham Road, Brighton, crashed his van into a bin in Hollingdean.

But when officers from Sussex Police tried to test whether he had been drinking, he refused to blow into the breathalyser and was arrested.

A member of the public flagged down a police patrol shortly before 10pm on Wednesday 11 June last year to report that a white Ford Transit had crashed into a bin in Thompson Road.

Officers found Paul Hardy sat behind the wheel of the van in nearby Peace Close.

Hardy, who was also listed as having an address in Chatsworth Road, Brighton, pleaded guilty to failing to provide a specimen of breath for analysis.

He denied drink driving, having been accused of being nearly twice the legal limit. The charge was dismissed when no evidence was offered by the Crown Prosecution Service.

At Worthing Magistrates’ Court on Friday 10 July he was given four points on his licence, fined £235 and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £23 victim surcharge.

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