Care worker did not give sample

Blackpool Magistrates Court

Blackpool Magistrates Court

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A drink driving care worker did not give a breath sample to police for testing, a court was told.

Tertia Bullen, 47, of Whimbrel Drive, Thornton, pleaded guilty before magistrates to failing to provide a breath specimen.

She was banned from the road for 36 months and fined £470 with £250 costs plus £47 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Alison Quanbrough, prosecuting, said the incident happened on December 29 at 6.50am.

A woman saw Bullen driving a hatchback on Addison Road, Fleetwood, and called police because she believed she had been drinking.

Bullen gave a roadside breath test which was positive for alcohol, but at the police station did not provide the required specimen. She had a previous conviction for failing to provide a sample from 2009.

Trevor Colebourne, defending, said his client had drunk some wine and then went to bed. She woke about 5am and let the dog out. The dog then went missing, so she drove round the block looking for it. She returned home and the police then knocked on the door.

Mr Colebourne added: “She was suffering quite badly from tonsillitis at the time, on medication and having trouble breathing.”