Ban after refusing to take B-test

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A MOTORIST has been banned from driving after telling police, while refusing to do a breath test, he needed the loo as he had drank “a number of pints”.

Lee Rudd fled after crashing his Land Rover into a lamppost in Mainsforth Terrace, Hartlepool, in the early hours.

The 37-year-old was quickly caught by officers who tried to put him through a breath test at the scene and then at the police station.

He refused to co-operate both times but while in custody he told police he needed the toilet because he had been drinking lager.

During his hearing at Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court he admitted he’d had “a couple” of drinks but believes one might have been laced with drugs without him knowing as he has no memory of the night.

He was banned from driving for 12 months and fined £400 after pleading guilty to failing to stop after a road accident, failing to take part in a preliminary breath test and failing to provide a specimen for analysis on April 10.

Rudd, of Teare Close, Middlesbrough, was also ordered to pay £85 in costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

He told the court: “On the night in question I did go out for a drink and did have a couple.

“The one thing that bothers me is I can’t remember anything. I can’t remember getting in my car, being arrested or being in the cells all night.

“I didn’t mean to do it and I don’t know why it happened. I don’t know if someone spiked one of my drinks, I can’t apologise enough.”