Man, 82, failed to give specimen

High Peak Magistrates Court, Buxton.
High Peak Magistrates Court, Buxton.

A member of police staff had to step in to stop a motorist driving erratically on the A6 at Dove Holes, a court heard.

On March 22, the crime scene investigator was travelling behind a Peugeot which twice clipped the kerb and also veered across double white lines and into oncoming traffic at least three times, High Peak Magistrates’ Court heard.

They flashed their lights at the Peugeot indicating for it to pull over, but it continued so they pulled in front of the vehicle and eventually stopped it in Chapel-en-le-Frith, prosecutor Jennifer Fitzgerald said.

While speaking to the driver, Edward Lowe, they noticed he smelt strongly of alcohol so a police officer was called. Lowe failed a roadside breath test so was taken to the police station where he said he couldn’t provide a further breath test because of heart condition.

He was asked to provide a urine sample but after providing the first sample, he said he couldn’t provide a second one as it didn’t fit in with his body clock. He was offered water to help but refused so was charged with failing to provide a specimen for analysis.

The 82-year-old, of Cromford Court, Whaley Bridge, admitted the charge.

Lisa Tinsley, defending, said: “He did say to officers he had been drinking and had had two glasses of wine.

“He gave the first urine sample and told officers he wouldn’t be able to give another in the required hour because he knows his own body clock. He refused simply because he didn’t want water.

“His wife suffers from dementia and is currently living in a nursing home. He visits her every single day. On the day in question he had been to see his wife, she was having a particularly bad day so he contacted his son who invited him round for a meal. He went for the meal and had some wine then he drove home from his son’s. It is not something he makes a habit of.”

Lowe was fined £110, ordered to pay £85 costs and a £20 surcharge, and was banned from driving for 12 months.