Support worker believes drinks were spiked

Blackpool Magistrates Court

Blackpool Magistrates Court

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A support worker for vulnerable people crashed into a hotel wall the morning after celebrating his birthday.

Zimbabwe-born, Ruramaji Hlomayi said he could not recall driving off in his sister’s Mini and he believed his drinks had been spiked.

Hlomayi, 24, of Shorefields, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to failing to provide a breath specimen and driving without insurance.

He was banned from the road for 12 months, fined £255 with £85 and ordered to pay £26 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Andrea Fawcett, prosecuting, said the defendant lost control of the car he was driving in the Dickson Road area on December 20 at 8am and crashed into a hotel wall.

At the police station he was unable to provide the required breath specimen.

Brett Chappell, defending, said his client had no previous convictions and had a responsible job as a support worker working with people with severe behavioural problems.

The night before the offence it had been Hlomayi’s birthday.

He was not a big drinker and he had drunk only a couple of pints, which had been confirmed by his sister.

He could not remember getting into a car and driving the next morning and he believed his drinks must have been spiked.

Hlomayi had not refused to take a breathalyser test, but had been unable to blow the volume of breath required.