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

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