Driver refused test after crash
A DRIVER involved in a road crash refused a police blood test because he ‘doesn’t like needles’.
Aaron Riley, 34, crashed his car after losing control at a roundabout in Macclesfield, a court heard.
His initial breathalyser reading was 99mg, more than twice the alcohol legal limit, the hearing was told.
But while being treated in hospital, Riley refused to give police a blood sample for analysis, claiming it was against his religion. But the real reason was that he ‘doesn’t like needles’, the court heard.
At Macclesfield magistrates’ court, Riley, of Elizabeth Street, Ashton Under Lyne admitted failing to provide a specimen for analysis. He was fined £120 and banned for two years.
Simon Pover, prosecuting, said: “On April 9 at 6am police responded to an RTC on Prestbury Road. They found a Honda Civic vehicle had overturned.
“The driver was taken to Macclesfield Hospital to be checked over. The officer waited at A&E but after two hours the officer decided to take a blood sample for analysis. Riley would not provide a sample because of his religion - he is atheist.”
John Gallagher, defending Riley, said; “It was a stupid response to a request. It has nothing to do with his religion. He doesn’t like needles.”
●● Aaron Riley outside the court