Man failed to give breath test

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court
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A credit controller would not complete a breathalyser test after getting his car stuck on the tram tracks.

John Wigglesworth’s manner in the police station was described as ‘obnoxious’ by a police officer.

He kept procrastinating over take a test and trying to deflect police by talking about Coronation Street and Eastenders, before becoming aggressive.

Wigglesworth, 24, of Falkland Avenue, Marton, pleaded guilty to failing to provide a specimen for alcohol testing.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said police were called to the tram tracks, Radcliffe Road, Fleetwood, on August 1 at 2.10am, when Wigglesworth’s Peugeot was stuck in the tram tracks.

Wigglesworth approached the officer, who believed he was drunk.

He was unsteady on his feet and his speech was slurred. He said another man had been driving.

A roadside breath test proved positive for alcohol. At the police station he was heard saying: “I got my car stuck quite literally in the tram tracks - it won’t go back or forward.”

He was told there was little time left to take the required breath tests. He only tried to give a sample 25 seconds before time was up and he failed to provide one.

Wigglesworth said: “I had never been in that position before and I panicked. I am ashamed of my behaviour at the police station, it was inappropriate.”

He added that the driving ban would affect him professionally and personally. The money he got from work would now be reduced.