Suspected drink-driver refused to give sample after injury crash outside Plymouth
A SUSPECTED drink-driver involved in a car crash which left three passengers injured failed to give a blood sample, a court heard.
Darren Cutting, aged 27, was on his way back from his grandfather's funeral with members of his family, Plymouth magistrates were told.
Cutting and his three passengers were injured, with his sister spending a week in hospital.
Cutting, of Beechcroft Road, Lower Compton, admitted failing to provide a specimen of blood for testing for alcohol during a police investigation into a suspected traffic offence. He had previously denied the matter, but changed his plea on the day of trial. Cutting had earlier pleaded guilty to driving without insurance.
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Prosecutor Eoin McCarthy said police were called to an accident between Bickleigh and Shaugh Prior on May 16 last year and officers were told the driver may have been drinking. Mr McCarthy said police found paramedics treating four people at the side of the road, including Cutting, who admitted being the driver.
The court heard he failed a roadside breath test, but then had to go to Derriford Hospital after complaining of back pain. Mr McCarthy said his three passengers, Cutting's girlfriend, brother and sister, were also admitted to hospital. He added his sister was there for a week with a fracture to her neck and severe bruising.
Mr McCarthy said that Cutting refused to give a blood sample for analysis when doctors deemed him fit. The court heard he had a previous conviction for drink-driving.
Cutting, representing himself, said: "I was driving back from my grandad's funeral. I had a drink after the funeral but not a lot at all."
Magistrates banned Cutting from driving for 38 months and his licence was endorsed with the no insurance matter. He was fined a total of £260, ordered to pay £150 costs and £15 victim surcharge.