Actor denies drink charge

Jonas Armstrong

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Film and TV star Jonas Armstrong pleaded not guilty to a drink-drive charge when he appeared before Blackpool magistrates.

Under his full name William Jonas Armstrong he pleaded not guilty to failing to provide a sample when arrested by police on suspicion of drink driving his Audi sports coupe on Preston New Road,Blackpool on January 7 this year at 5am.

Armstrong, 34, of Central Beach, Lytham, was arrested at a petrol station where it is alleged he refused to take a breath test.

He was then taken to Blackpool Central Police station where it is alleged he again refused to take a test.

After entering his denial Armstrong, who was not legally represented in court, said he wished the matter to go to trial where he said lawyers would be instructed to fight his case.

He said his defence would be that he was physically and medically unable to give a breath test because of illness.

Magistrates agreed to bail Armstrong until February 18.

The actor shot to fame playing the title role in the BBC’s hit Robin Hood series.

Since then, he has appeared in a number of Hollywood films, including the starring role in Holocaust drama Walking with the Enemy, alongside oscar winner Sir Ben Kinglsey.