A MAN CAUGHT drink driving twice in a month escaped jail yesterday (Thursday) at Basildon Magistrates Court.
Richard Ince, 59, Rosies Way, South Ockendon was stopped twice on separate occasions by Essex Police in November in relation to drink driving.
The second occasion was on the 27th November. The court heard that he refused to give a roadside breath test, claiming he had asthma. The court also heard that he called the police “liars” and “didn’t they have better things to do.”
He was arrested and taken to a police station, where he refused to give a sample of blood for a blood test.
A day later, he appeared at Basildon magistrates on a charge relating to an offence earlier in the month. He was banned for 16 months and fined £555.
Chair of magistrates, Mr Crammer was advised by the clerk of the court that this offence, fell into the highest category.
Despite this, Ince escaped jail with another ban. This time for three years.
Ince was also told that he would have to undertake eighty hours of unpaid work.
Ince looked at the magistrates, shook his head in disbelief and said: “Eighty hours?”