Fear of needles behind test refusal

Blackpool Magistrates' Court

Blackpool Magistrates' Court

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A former soldier refused to give blood for drug testing because he was scared of hypodermic needles a court was told.

Calum McKenzie was asked by police to take the test after he was found with cannabis and bottles of pills in his car.

McKenzie, 24, of Teal Court, Normoss, pleaded guilty to failing to provide a blood specimen for drug testing.

He was disqualified from driving for 17 months, fined £120 with £85 costs and ordered to pay a £150 court charge plus £20 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Stephen Duffy, defending, said his client, who had been in the Royal Logistics Corps for four years before deciding on a career change, denied taking any drugs. McKenzie refused to take a blood test before he had a fear of needles.