Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Driver Banned after Refusing Breath Test

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Driver Banned after Refusing Breath Test

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Byline: FELICITY CALDWELL felicity.caldwell@qt.com.au

A MAN who refused to be breathalysed because he was taking C[pounds sterling]vitamins and mineralsC[yen] has been banned from driving for four years.

Ipswich Magistrates Court heard McDonald's staff called police on August 28 after a man, who went through the drive-through, appeared to be intoxicated.

Police found Timothy Michael Spencer a short time later driving on Roderick Street at Ipswich and he returned a positive alcohol reading when breath tested.

Prosecutor Senior Constable Brad Dick said officers spotted a pre-mixed can of rum and coke in the car's centre console and took Spencer back to the station for further testing.

Police tried to have a conversation with Spencer about his alcohol consumption but he provided C[pounds sterling]flippant answersC[yen] and frequently changed his story.

Snr Const Dick said Spencer was asked to provide a specimen of breath but said he did not C[pounds sterling]believe the machine would give an accurate reading because he was taking a number of different cold and flu medications, vitamins and mineralsC[yen]. …

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