Driving ban for man who slept at wheel

A man who refused to provide enough breaths for a breath test after he was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving had his licence suspended for a year.

Milford Waldron, 52, of Sandys, pleaded not guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol but admitted that he failed to provide enough breaths for a breath test at the Hamilton Police Station.

Magistrates’ Court heard Waldron was arrested on November 9 after police saw a motor vehicle along the Somerset Road with loud music coming from the car.

The police opened the door of the vehicle and saw him asleep at the wheel with the key still in the ignition and the engine running.

The police awoke Waldron, who the court heard had slurred speech and appeared unsteady. There was also the smell of alcohol on his breath.

Waldron told the police he had stopped to sleep and agreed to a breath test.

However, while he was doing the test he refused to provide adequate breaths.

When asked by Magistrate Tyrone Chin if he wished to say anything, Waldron said at the time he was with a friend who had just lost a son and had pulled over to “gather” himself.

“I apologise to the court for my actions and assure you won’t see me again,” he added.

He was fined $800 or 90 days imprisonment and banned from driving for 12 months.

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