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Crash driver disqualified for refusing breathalyser test

A Hamilton Parish man who refused to submit to a breath test on principle was yesterday disqualified from driving.

John Goddard, 42, was arrested on suspicion of driving while impaired on March 17 last year after a single vehicle collision on Harrington Sound Road.

According to prosecutors at Magistrates’ Court he was travelling east along the road when he struck an embankment and overturned the vehicle.

When police arrived on the scene Goddard told officers that he had been driving the vehicle. During a brief conversation, officers noticed that the defendant’s eyes appeared glazed and he smelled of intoxicants.

Goddard was taken to Hamilton Police Station but, after speaking to a lawyer, he refused to give police a sample of breath.

Lawyer Charles Richardson, representing Goddard, told the court that his client denied being intoxicated, and had refused the breath test “on the basis of principle”.

Goddard was disqualified from driving all vehicles for one year, and fined $800 for the offence.

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Published January 08, 2013 at 8:00 am (Updated January 07, 2013 at 11:20 pm)

Crash driver disqualified for refusing breathalyser test

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