Jail for teen who refused breath test

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A TEENAGER who refused to be breathalysed in custody following an alleged drink drive offence has been jailed.

Anthony Goodsell was stopped by an officer in Polegate and subsequently arrested for having no insurance and using a vehicle otherwise than in accordance with a licence.

The 19-year-old, who does not have a valid driving licence, also failed a roadside breath test and was taken into custody where he then refused to give a further specimen of breath.

Goodsell, who magistrates heard had been recalled on licence, pleaded guilty to having no insurance, using a vehicle otherwise than in accordance with a licence and failing to provide a specimen of breath.

Victoria James, defending, said, “Mr Goodsell has pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity and I ask you to take that into account.

He has pleaded guilty to failing to provide a specimen. The circumstances as I understand it is he was driving and was stopped.

“He failed a roadside breath test and my client was taken to Eastbourne custody suite and he tells me he didn’t think he needed to do another procedure because he had done the roadside breath test. But he realised in hindsight he should have done so.”

For failing to provide a specimen Goodsell, of no fixed abode, was given an eight-week prison sentence.

He was also disqualified from driving for three years but given no separate penalty for the other offences.