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Failure to provide breath test lands man in jail

Wed, 24 Sep 2014

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A man who failed to provide a breath sample after a road traffic collision in May has been jailed for eight weeks.

31-year-old Andrew Clark was yesterday sent to prison after pleading guilty to the offence.

The Douglas man had been at a party where he had consumed around four cans of lager before driving home in the early hours of the next day.

The court heard how he had crashed and he was arrested and asked to provide the sample.

Describing him as being in a state of "upset and panic" his advocate conceded that he didn't follow the legal advice given to him at the time saying he thought he could give blood instead.

Sentencing him Deputy High Bailiff Jayne Hughes says the "extremely serious offence" had been aggravated by a previous conviction for drink driving for which he was jailed in 2009.

Mr Clark was given an eight week sentence - of which he will serve four - and was also disqualified from driving for seven years.


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