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Dingwall driver banned and fined after refusing blood test

By Court Reporter

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A WOMAN who had been arrested refused to provide a specimen of blood when she was taken to a city police station.

Inverness Sheriff Court heard Jennifer Stewart told officers at the city’s Burnett Road station she “didn’t like needles”.

She was fined £500 and banned from driving for a year for failing to comply with the request on April 17.

The court was told that Stewart (39) of Chestnut Road, Dingwall, passed a breathalyser test after being stopped on Old Perth Road, Inverness but officers still had concerns about her fitness to drive and took her to the police station where she was asked to provide a blood sample.

Solicitor Marc Dickson said she was stopped on her way into Raigmore Hospital where she was due to undergo scans.

“The breath sample was negative but that doesn’t excuse her refusal to provide a blood sample,” he said.

“She missed her scan, passed the breath test and was fairly frustrated by the whole position.”

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