Newport man gets driving ban after refusing breath test

A NEWPORT man has been disqualified from driving for seven days after failing to provide a breath specimen.

Jon Holland, 25, of Nash Road, appeared at Caerphilly Magistrates' Court yesterday where he pleaded guilty to failing to provide breath specimen for analysis when asked to do so by a police officer on July 29, without having a reasonable excuse.

The court heard that it was not Holland who was driving his vehicle at the time but a friend instead.

Holland said: "My excuse was, it was not me driving so I thought, ‘why should I blow into the breathalyser?’ I thought that would be admitting guilt.

"But I accept what I've done. I let my friend drive so I'll have to take whatever comes my way on the chin."

The court also heard Holland has three points outstanding on his licence and he was advised that the court could decide to give him 10 penalty points, which would make his total in excess of 12 and make him liable for disqualification.

Holland said he would not be able to work if he was disqualified from driving for a considerable time.

Chairman Mr Andrew Hunt said: "We have considerable sympathy with this situation and have decided to give a discretion disqualification of seven days.

"We will not be adding 10 points to your licence."

Holland was disqualified from driving for seven days and ordered to pay £140 fine, £50 contribution costs, down from £85 and a £15 victim surcharge.

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10:50pm Sat 6 Oct 12

Markbusa says...

So Mr Holland did the responsible thing and let his friend drive because Mr Holland had had a drink...and Gwent Police wanted HIM to take a roadside test...whats all that about?...well done to the Magistrates for showing common sense
So Mr Holland did the responsible thing and let his friend drive because Mr Holland had had a drink...and Gwent Police wanted HIM to take a roadside test...whats all that about?...well done to the Magistrates for showing common sense Markbusa
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11:34am Sun 7 Oct 12

Euwan Usami says...

Is it me? If he wasnt driving why would it matter if he were over the limit? What
"Guilt" would he be admitting exactly?Answers on a postcard to "Confused.com" ;)
Is it me? If he wasnt driving why would it matter if he were over the limit? What "Guilt" would he be admitting exactly?Answers on a postcard to "Confused.com" ;) Euwan Usami
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2:23pm Sun 7 Oct 12

steve'o says...

Could the South Wales Argus explain this a little further, because I don't understand it either?
Could the South Wales Argus explain this a little further, because I don't understand it either? steve'o
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9:57am Mon 8 Oct 12

Gareth says...

I can only assume the the driver was a learner, meaning Mr Holland was still in a position of responsibility over the vehicle.
I can only assume the the driver was a learner, meaning Mr Holland was still in a position of responsibility over the vehicle. Gareth
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12:13pm Mon 8 Oct 12

steve'o says...

Thanks Gareth, that would make sense (that's why I didn't think of it!!)
Thanks Gareth, that would make sense (that's why I didn't think of it!!) steve'o
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11:58am Tue 9 Oct 12

Bananas59 says...

Either he has a great distrust of the police and thought he'd be stitched up for driving ( his word against theirs etc ) or he was being driven by a learner. Probably the latter. Case closed.
Either he has a great distrust of the police and thought he'd be stitched up for driving ( his word against theirs etc ) or he was being driven by a learner. Probably the latter. Case closed. Bananas59
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