'Drunk and shouting' crash driver's appeal rejected
A REQUEST to reopen the case of a woman who was convicted of refusing to provide a breath sample has been rejected.
Appearing at Bolton Magistrates Court, Lynda Chandon, aged 52, of Darwen Road, Bromley Cross, attempted to have her conviction overturned.
She was convicted, in her absence on October 8, of failing to provide a specimen of breath to police.
Prosecuting, Lynda Bainbridge said the offence was committed after Ms Chandon hit a wall while driving in Bolton, causing extensive damage to the vehicle.
A can of cider, a bottle of vodka and wine were found in the vehicle and witnesses described her as “very drunk and shouting” and she refused to have a breath test.
The court heard she had a conviction for having consumed excess alcohol in 2002, and a disqualification from driving a month later.
Stephen Teasdale, defending, said the offences dated back more than 10 years and she was not abusive - more likely she was “loud and rowdy”.
He said the bottles of alcohol in her car were unopened.
Magistrates declined to reopen the case and ordered her to pay a £170 fine and £300 costs.