Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

'Drink-Drive' Aston Martin Banker: Breath Test Wrong

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

'Drink-Drive' Aston Martin Banker: Breath Test Wrong

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Byline: Tristan Kirk Courts Reporter

A MILLIONAIRE banker accused of being nearly twice the drink-drive limit in his PS150,000 Aston Martin claims the breathalyser reading was wrong because he was sick moments before the test, a court heard.

Stephen Decani, 42, was pulled over by plain clothes officers shortly after getting into his luxury sports car on King's Road in Chelsea at 4.30am.

City of London magistrates court heard he was allegedly unsteady on his feet and appeared to be drunk as he pulled open the door of his DB11 coupe.

But Decani, chairman and chief executive of St James's-based investment company Newscape Capital Group, denies drink- driving, claiming he "regurgitated" and that this may have affected the breathalyser reading. His lawyer, drink-drive specialist Philip Lucas who represented rugby star Danny Cipriani last year, told the court Decani "disputes he consumed enough alcohol to put him above the legal limit".

"The second issue is the reliability of the breath test," Mr Lucas said. …

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