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Tattooed biker gets driving ban

PUBLISHED: 09:20 09 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:49 03 March 2010

A TATOOED biker who refused a blood test claiming he didn't like needles, has received a year's driving ban.

Magistrates sentenced Kevin Wyartt after he was convicted for failing to provide a specimen and gave him a further two-month ban to run concurrently, for not having insurance.

A TATOOED biker who refused a blood test claiming he didn't like needles, has received a year's driving ban.

Magistrates sentenced Kevin Wyartt after he was convicted for failing to provide a specimen and gave him a further two-month ban to run concurrently, for not having insurance.

The 25-year-old appeared before South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court for sentencing, after an earlier trial had found him guilty.

Prosecutor Roger Pinfold said Wyartt, of Combs Wood Drive, Stowmarket, was rising his motorcycle with a pillion passenger in a public car park on June 29.

The court heard that when police officers arrived on the scene, Wyartt smelt of alcohol.

He refused a breath test and ran away when police tried to put him in the van, but was chased by the officers.

He then refused a breath test at the police station, claiming he had asthma.

But when he was offered a blood test instead, Wyartt claimed he didn't like needles – despite having tattoos and earrings.

Naomi Turner, mitigating, said a disqualification would cause Wyartt difficulties as he drives as part of his job at the Port of Felixstowe.

Magistrates fined him £100 on top of the driving van.

He was also ordered to pay £200 costs because a trial took place.

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