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A sobbing driver refused to give a blood sample after an early morning car crash in Billingham

ByRandall B. Phelps

Apr 23, 2022

A female driver sobbed as magistrates heard how she refused to give police a blood sample following an early morning car crash in Teesside.

Teesside Magistrates’ Court heard how Alexandra Brown seemed to ‘scramble her words’ as she drove a damaged Vauxhall Mokka in Billingham. The 29-year-old woman was arrested, after taking a breathalyzer test, but refused to give cops a blood sample.

Prosecuting Lynne Dalton told the court how a witness was awakened at around 4.15am on March 27 by the sound of a vehicle crashing into her car, which was parked on Bedale Avenue. She said he noticed his vehicle was damaged and a damaged Vauxhall Mokka was driving slowly down the street.

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She said: “He ran down the street and opened the door of the vehicle being driven by Mrs. Brown. He said she was mouthing her words.” Middlesbrough District Court heard she was arrested after giving a reading of 129 micrograms of alcohol in 100 milliliters of breath during a roadside breathalyzer test. The legal limit is 35.

The prosecutor said: “She was taken to James Cook Hospital for examination. She was asked to take a blood sample. She refused to provide a blood sample to the police. She is losing her good character today today. She has no recorded convictions or warnings against her.”

Brown, of Weardale Crescent, Billingham, pleaded guilty to failing to provide a sample for analysis. She sobbed in the courtroom as Bench President Peter Wilson convicted her of the offense on Tuesday afternoon.

He told her, “We know you have a previous good character that you just lost. We don’t think that crosses the threshold of custody. So we’ll deal with you through a fine.” Brown was ordered to pay a fine of £730, costs of £85 and an additional £73.

The magistrates also banned him from driving for 36 months. Mr Wilson told the defendant: ‘If you are driving while disqualified you are in custody, that is the seriousness of the offence.’ He offered him the drinking and driving course which, if taken, will reduce his disqualification by 36 weeks.

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