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Man banned for refusing blood test

PUBLISHED: 06:00 27 October 2009 | UPDATED: 14:55 06 July 2010

Hayley Mace

A businessman who refused to give a blood sample to police after being involved in a crash in which two special police officers were injured has been banned from driving for 16 months.

A businessman who refused to give a blood sample to police after being involved in a crash in which two special police officers were injured has been banned from driving for 16 months.

Christopher Standen, of Stevenage in Hertfordshire, was involved in a crash on Tom Crisp Way in Lowestoft on February 14.

Lowestoft magistrates court heard yesterday that although he gave a breath screening test at the scene of the crash, Standen refused to give a blood test while at the James Paget University Hospital.

Giving evidence, Standen, 29, said he refused to give a blood sample because he was unhappy with the way police officers at the hospital had spoken to him, as he believed he was being blamed for the crash in which officers had been hurt.

He said he was not warned that he could face prosecution if he did not give a sample, that the police officer did not fill out the necessary form correctly and that he thought the breath test he had given was enough to show that he had been drinking.

PC Gary Brown told the court that he had explained the procedure for giving a blood sample, filled out the necessary form at Standen's bedside and told Standen that he could be prosecuted if he failed to cooperate.

Standen, who runs his own recruitment company, was found guilty of failing to provide a sample, and had previously pleaded guilty to failing to stop for a uniformed police officer.

He was disqualified from driving for 16 months and ordered to pay £1,070 in fines and costs.


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