A Sutton man who admitted refusing to give a breath sample after being caught drink driving has been given a 12-month community order.
Mansfield Magistrates were told how on the same evening of his arrest, the defendant had been sent some upsetting pictures by his girlfriend. The pictures illustrated she was no longer his girlfriend and was with someone else. The defence stated “Some friends suggested they drive to the petrol station to clear his head and get some air.”
Robert Carr, prosecuting, said the defendant had staggered out of his car after being pulled over by police and then blown around the breathalyser rather than into it.
Mr Carr said the Sutton man had to be restrained at the police station after punching himself in the face and head and head-butting the door and walls at the station after his arrest, thereby making it impossible for officers to take his breath sample.
Ms Emma Goodall on behalf of the defendant said:
“When the officer said he was arresting Mr Andrews, at that point he had gone into himself .He suffers from anxiety and depression and at that point knew everything was going wrong and decided to hurt himself.”
The defendant was ordered to undertake a supervision requirement with probation, pay a £60 victim surcharge, £40 court costs and was banned from driving for three years.
The defendant was not offered a drink driving course due to a previous conviction.