Needle fear saw suspected drug-driver fail to complete police blood test


Motorist Peter Phillips has been banned from the roads for 40 months.

Police stopped the 48-year-old driving a Vauxhall Corsa in Bucknall and believed he was under the influence.

Magistrates at North Staffordshire Justice Centre heard he tested positive for cannabis at the roadside but failed to consent to a police station blood test.

Prosecutor Alicia Perry said: “Police saw the vehicle accelerate and drive into Twigg Street. The driver had pale skin and was sweating. It appeared he may be under the influence of a controlled substance.

“The vehicle was stopped. A breath test was negative but a saliva sample indicated he was positive for cannabis.

“The police station procedure was undertaken and on two occasions he failed to provide a sample of blood. He was found to have no licence or insurance.”

Phillips, of Summerbank Road, Tunstall, pleaded guilty to failing to provide a specimen to police, driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence and driving without insurance.

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Kate Preston, mitigating, said: “The defendant cooperated with the drug swipe which was positive for cannabis. He did not want to give blood by a needle. He felt he had already provided a sample which was positive. It was not an outright refusal.

“He is a licence holder but it has been revoked. He did not realise this and had taxed and insured the vehicle, but unfortunately this invalidated the insurance.”

Magistrates fined Phillips £120 and disqualified him from driving for 40 months. He must also pay £169 in court costs or insurance.





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