Driver banned for 30 months after crashing into parked car and refusing to give breath sample

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Driver banned for 30 months after crashing into parked car and refusing to give breath sample
Driver banned for 30 months after crashing into parked car and refusing to give breath sample

A driver who failed to provide a breath sample after crashing her Audi into a parked car has been banned from the roads for two and a half years.

Susan Smallwood, 50, of Pica Cottages, Pica, had previously denied a charge of failing to provide specimen for analysis but was convicted following a trial held on June 8.

She was sentenced at Workington Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

Pamela Fee, prosecuting, said officers were called to a road traffic collision at 6pm on November 16 in Workington last year.

A grey Audi had collided with another vehicle parked further down the road.

Smallwood admitted she had hit a car but when asked to provide a specimen of breath, she refused to do so.

She “smelled strongly of intoxicants” and was arrested, the court heard.

At the police station, officers tried to obtain a sample of breath again but Smallwood became abusive. She did not provide a medical exemption for not being able to provide a sample.

Smallwood, who was unrepresented, said: “At the hearing, I had to represent myself. We spoke about the circumstances of what I had been through. Recent events of losing my husband. I had been looking after him for four years.

“It was a traumatic time. There was no help or support for me. I was in considerable distress that night. I have never been in trouble before.

“I live out in a remote area. I really need my driver’s licence.”

Magistrates banned Smallwood from driving for 30 months.

Passing sentence, lead magistrate, Christopher Droet, said: “That is a very long time. That is reflecting how serious this offence is.”

Smallwood was also given an 18-month community order with 18 rehabilitation activity requirement days.

She was fined £180 and ordered to pay £620 costs and a £95 victim surcharge.

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