Driving ban for former stud owner

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A judge has banned a former stud owner from the road for a year after he failed to provide a specimen for a drink drive test.

Seventy-year-old Patrick McCalmont, of Cotton End Road in Exning, admitted failing to provide a specimen of breath for analysis.

West Suffolk Magistrates’ Court in Bury St Edmunds heard McCalmont had been arrested after his car was involved in a minor road accident in Newmarket on December 4.

Prosecuting Lucy Miller said police had been called to the incident and gave McCalmont a roadside breath test which proved positive.

He was taken to Bury St Edmunds police station where he provided a further sample but failed to provide a second.

Mitigating Mark Edmondson said it was not a “deliberate failure” and added “he was trying for about 12 minutes”.

He told district judge Celia Dawson that his client had done a friend a favour at Tattersalls December Sales and admitted to having drunk a Bloody Mary and two glasses of wine. Fining McCalmont £500 with £85 costs and £50 statutory surcharge, Judge Dawson said she did not consider the offence a “deliberate refusal.”