Teen’s road ban after failing to give sample

Blackpool Magistrates Court
Blackpool Magistrates Court
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A student mechanic returned to his abandoned van after speaking to police on the mobile phone he had left in the vehicle.

Police believed Phillip Hodgkinson had been drinking but he failed to provide a breath sample.

Hodgkinson, 18, of Oxenhurst Road, Grange Park, admitted failing to provide a breath specimen, having no insurance and not driving in accordance with a licence.

He was sentenced to six months supervision during which he must spend 24 hours at an attendance centre and was banned from the road for 24 months by Blackpool magistrates.

Jackie Garratt, prosecuting, said police got a report a Ford Escort van had been driven erratically on Dinmore Avenue and crashed into a fence on April 14 at 10.45pm The van was found abandoned in nearby Pilling Crescent with a mobile phone in it.

The phone started to ring and police answered it. Hodgkinson admitted owning the van, said he had driven it and agreed to return to the vehicle.

When he got there he refused to give his details and failed to provide a breath specimen. Patrick Nelligan, defending, said his client, who had no previous convictions, tried to blow into the machine but gave an insufficient breath sample to register.

Hodgkinson bought the van to sell but he stupidly decided to drive it.

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