Suspected drug driver had keys taken off him and refused blood test

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Matthew Oxley will be sentenced for two identical offences of refusing to provide the police with a blood specimen following suspicions he was a drug-driver on two occasions.
Matthew Oxley will be sentenced for two identical offences of refusing to provide the police with a blood specimen following suspicions he was a drug-driver on two occasions.

A RYDE man twice refused to give the police a specimen after being arrested for suspected drug-driving offences.

Matthew Oxley, of Green Street, admitted his failure to provide the police a specimen of for analysis, while under suspicion of drug-driving, at Newport Police Station, on February 27.

Oxley, formerly of Perowne Way, Sandown, was found slumped in the driver's seat of his car, in York Avenue, East Cowes, at around 3pm.

A member of public noticed his engine running and, to prevent him from driving, took his keys away and called the police, said Ann Smout, prosecuting, at the Isle of Wight Magistrates' Court.

When the police arrived, they assessed Oxley as clearly unfit to drive.

He co-operated in having a roadside drug test, which revealed he was positive for cocaine and was arrested.

While in custody, Oxley performed badly in a drug impairment test, and when asked to provide a sample of blood for analysis, he refused, without providing any medical reason.

Oxley admitted, at an earlier hearing, an identical offence on March 30. Magitrates at that time ordered a report on Oxley for when he is sentenced.

In respect of the March 30 offence, he was made subject to an interim disqualification.

To keep the two offences together for sentencing, Oxley was bailed to reappear before Island magistrates on May 27.

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