Motorist disqualified after he refused test and told police: “Arrest me!”

A MOTORIST refused to take a breath test after he was pulled over by police, instead telling officers to arrest him, a court heard.

At 7pm on Tuesday, January 25, police spotted a blue Alpha Romeo in the car park at One Stop in Bodiam Drive, belonging to Martin Davey, 41, of Ashburnham Road.

Officers followed the car and tried to pull the vehicle over as it turned into Crowhurst Road.

Hastings magistrates heard last Friday the car didn’t stop and instead kept swerving along the road, eventually stopping at the junction of Wishing Tree Close.

Davey got out the car and officers smelled alcohol and saw he was unsteady on his feet.

But when he was asked to provide a breath test, Davey refused and told them ‘arrest me, I’m not doing that’, magistrates were told.

He was taken to the police station, but once again would not take a breath test.

Davey pleaded guilty to one charge of failing to provide a specimen.

The court heard he was convicted in September 2002 of failing to provide a specimen.

Ronan Crummy, defending, said: “Mr Davey had not been drinking, he was driving a passenger in the car to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting and she was in the car drinking from a bottle of vodka and the vehicle stank of alcohol.

“It was the car the police smelled, not him.

He continued: “He was unsteady on his feet as he was born with a club foot and his ankle is crumbling away.”

Mr Crummy told magistrates that Davey had suffered from severe depression following the break up of his marriage two-and-a-half years ago.

He added Davey had secured funding to go into rehab in Weymouth for three to six months.

Magistrates disqualified Davey from driving for three years and gave him a conditional discharge for 24 months.