Sutton teacher’s lawyer demand ended in court

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A newly-qualified teacher’s demand for a lawyer after his arrest for suspected drink driving in Sutton saw him brought before a court.

Police followed Jake Preston’s car from the McDonalds drive-through, just before 1am, on June 24, after receiving a tip-off from staff.

He was seen swerving on Kings Mill Road East and stopped, but was unable to provide a breath sample after five attempts, said prosecutor Robert Carr.

“At the police station he was cooperative, but told officers he wanted to speak to a lawyer before he gave a specimen.”

Tom Oates, mitigating, said Preston, who has no previous convictions, had two pints of strong lager before driving.

“He wanted to speak to a solicitor before he gave a sample,” he said. “The police have to take a hardline and say “That’s not possible.”

“It is recorded as a failure to provide.”

He said that Preston’s request for a lawyer was “unreasonable” in the eyes of the law, but was “honestly held.”

He said that his failure to provide a breath sample at the roadside had been caused by anxiety.

Preston, 23, of Church Drive, Shirebrook, admitted failing to provide a sample for analysis when he appeared before magistrates in Mansfield, on Monday.

He was fined £325, with £85 costs and a £32 victim surcharge, and was banned from driving for a year.

He was offered a drink drive rehabilitation course, which, if completed before February next year, will reduce his disqualification by a quarter.