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Mum banned from driving for year after saying she’s ‘too fat’ for breath test

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A mum-of-two has been banned from driving after claiming to be 'too fat' to blow into a roadside breathalyser machine.

35-year-old Deborah Owens was reported by her partner after she'd driven her car after drinking.

When cops turned up to her home in Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire, on July 26 she initially refused to offer a breath sample.

A court heard that she later did "try her best to supply two samples in the three minutes allotted" but failed to blow hard enough, claiming that she was "an overweight smoker".

She was arrested and on Monday admitted to failing to provide a breath specimen for analysis at Worcester Magistrates' Court.

The court heard that she had made a 12-mile round trip into town and back before her partner raised the alarm.

Sarah Hurd, prosecuting, said: "Officers were called to the address by this lady's partner to reports she is committing a separate offence (drink driving).

"She was asked by the officers to conduct a roadside breath test. At that time she was het up and she refused."

She was then taken to a police station where officers, after much encouragement, got her to attempt the breathalyser test.

Ms Hurd added: "She is just unable to do so. It's not a blatant refusal.

"She has no previous convictions. It is going to cause her problems. She is going to lose her job."

Owens opted to represent herself in court and explained that she needed to travel to places such as Worcester, Droitwich and Ombersley for her job as a domiciliary care worker.

She said: "If you do take my licence, I will be out of the door."

Her explanation in court as to why she failed to provide the breath sample was that she was "an overweight smoker".

She was handed a 12-month ban from driving, fined £200 and ordered to pay £100 in court costs as well as a £34 victim surcharge.

Her ban will be reduced to 12 weeks if she successfully completes a drink driver's rehabilitation course.

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