Driving ban for pensioner found slumped over the wheel of his car

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A PENSIONER found “slumped” over the wheel of his car refused to give a sample of breath to police to test whether he had been boozing.

OAP John Dawson – who has never been in trouble with the law before – was in the Citroen Xsara in Mainsforth Terrace, Hartlepool.

Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court heard that he had been discovered “slumped over the steering wheel” and police and ambulance crews attended.

Prosecuting, Joanne Hesse said: “Police entered the ambulance and alcohol could be smelled on the defendant’s breath.

“Medical staff confirmed there were no medical conditions the defendant was suffering from.

“Due to the smell of alcohol officers requested a sample which he refused. He was given several opportunities but he failed to do so.”

Dawson, of Burbank Court, pleaded guilty to failing to provide a specimen for analysis on July 18.

Mitigating Neil Taylor said his client initially denied the offence as he had an “honest belief” that he could not give a breath sample due to his medical conditions. “There is no medical note to confirm that and that’s why he pleads guilty,” he said.

Chairman of the bench Elizabeth Carroll banned Dawson from driving for 18 months, fined him £335, ordered him to pay £85 costs and ordered him to pay a £36 surcharge.