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Suspected drunk driver hid in bushes then refused to provide breath sample

ByRandall B. Phelps

Apr 11, 2022

A North Lincolnshire man has been arrested for drunk driving and a woman has been cautioned after opening the door of a police car to hand her more alcohol.

George Drury, 29, of Althorpe, Scunthorpe, has been charged with failing to provide a breath sample, after twice refusing to do so in an incident on Sunday April 10. Drury was first pulled over for speeding in Epworth, but made a run before officers found him hiding in a bush. After finding him, officers smelled alcohol on him and asked him to provide a breath sample. However, Drury refused and became aggressive towards them.

Despite multiple warnings to stay back, a female passenger opened a car door on the police vehicle and handed Drury more alcohol while he was questioned. Both were arrested, but the 27-year-old was not charged and instead received an adult warning for obstructing an officer. Drury was released on bail and will appear in court in May facing the driving ban.

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In a statement, Humberside Police said: “In the early hours of Sunday morning a vehicle was seen traveling at excessive speed through Epworth. After coming to a stop the driver was seen running and tried to hide from the officers in some bushes while leaving his two passengers behind.

“After being located and smelling the alcohol, the driver was stopped and a breath sample was requested, which was rude to say the least and also led to him being aggressive towards the officers. A female passenger of the vehicle, despite multiple warnings to keep back, interfered in the process by opening the police car door to allow the driver to exit and giving him more alcohol to drink.. leading to the arrest both.

“A 28-year-old man has since been charged with failing to provide a breath sample, after he again refused to comply with procedure while in police custody. He was released on bail to appear before the court in May, risking a mandatory driving ban.” A one-year-old woman has been issued an adult caution for obstructing a police officer in the performance of his duties.”