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Ban and fine for refusing to take a breath test

A driver who was reported to police by a concerned road user was yesterday banned from the roads after he refused to take a breath test.

Magistrates’ Court heard that on April 11 a driver alerted police to a grey car that was seen swerving over the centre line in Warwick.

Officers later spotted the car on Crow Lane in Pembroke and pulled it over, where they told the driver, Jez Burrows, 31, why he had been stopped.

Burrows admitted having several drinks and “a few shots” while in the West End and officers arrested him on suspicion of drink driving.

Burrows was taken to Hamilton Police Station where police demanded a sample of breath for analysis.

He refused to take a breath test despite being warned that it would be an offence.

Burrows, from St George’s, pleaded guilty yesterday to refusing to take a breath test and apologised to the court.

Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo fined him $1,000 and banned him from the road for 18 months.

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