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Drink-driver had only had licence for four months

Five-year ban for PSM man

A court’s heard a 22-year-old from Port St Mary had his driving licence just four months when he crashed his car into a wall after drinking.

Juan James Qualtrough of Fistard Road appeared before High Bailiff Jayne Hughes at Douglas courthouse for sentencing.

He’d previously admitted driving whilst unfit through drink and failing to give a breath sample to police when requested.

Prosecutor Hazel Carroon told the hearing the apprentice butcher hit a wall on Shore Road in Port St Mary in the early hours of 6 October.

Qualtrough called police, and told officers at the scene he’d been drinking – he was arrested after failing a roadside breath test.

However, later at police headquarters he didn’t complete the testing procedure on special breathalysing equipment.

Banning him from the roads for five years, Mrs Hughes said failing to cooperate with breath testing often led to lengthier bans than drink-driving.

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