A Louth man, who admitted failing to provide a breath test after he drove his car into a ditch, has been disqualified from driving for three years at Skegness Magistrates’ Court.
Shadi Qutaimi, 28, of Crown Mills, was said to have driven his Fiat car into a ditch in London Road, Louth, on October 19 and when police arrived they found him leaning against a car door and smelling strongly of alcohol.
Prosecuting, Paul Wood said that at the police station Qutaimi put a finger over the tube and, in the opinion of the police, was doing everything he could to avoid giving a sample for analysis.
In mitigation, Terry Boston said it had been ‘pure stupidity’ for Qutaimi, who had a previous conviction, to drive.
He said he had realised he shouldn’t be driving because he had been drinking and he parked the car at the side of the road, from where it slipped into a ditch.
Mr Boston said that Qutaimi panicked because he was in trouble with the police and had no memory of what happened at the police station.
Judge John Stobart also fined Qutaimi £300, with a £30 victim surcharge and £85 costs.