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Fenland driver sucked instead of blew for drink drive breath test

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Police were suspicious about a driver who had stopped her pink Fiat in the middle of a busy road with several lanes.

And Jayme Cobb’s later efforts to give a breath test – which amounted to sucking instead of blowing – landed her in court on Thursday.

It happened in King’s Lynn’s London Road at 3.30am on June 26, town magistrates were told.

“She said that her car had conked out,” said prosecutor Lily Orr.

King's Lynn Magistrates' Court (58465823)
King's Lynn Magistrates' Court (58465823)

“She then rolled her eyes at officers and drove away at speed.”

When Cobb was later pulled over, she admitted having been drinking that morning.

After initially failing to give a roadside test, she blew a positive one and was arrested.

However, in custody she failed to provide another specimen of breath.

Miss Orr said: “She was again advised how to complete the procedure and was given numerous opportunities.”

A check showed there was no test certificate on the car.

Cobb, of Swan Bridge, Parson Drove, pleaded guilty to failing to provide a specimen and having no MOT.

Solicitor Hugh Cauthery, mitigating, said there had been “some misunderstanding” between his client and police.

“She had a drink but she believed she was not affected by it – certainly not to bring her above the limit,” he added.

He said she had stopped in the road after seeing a friend she was due to pick up.

Mr Cauthery said there was a “lack of sympathy” from police who believed she was deliberately trying to obstruct the breath test process by sucking instead of blowing.

Cobb was banned for 17 months, which can be cut with completion of a drink-driver rehabilitation course.

She was also fined £200 and ordered to pay £105 costs and £80 victim surcharge.

There was no separate penalty for the MOT offence.

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