A TATTOOED drug-driver claimed he failed to provide a blood sample due to his fear of needles.
About 11pm on September 11, police on the A27 at Tangmere spotted a Vauxhall which was being driven without any lights on.
The driver was pulled over and identified as Rudi Gomes, a building labourer, of Neville Duke Way, Tangmere.
Due to his demeanour and a strong smell coming from his vehicle, he was required to undergo a roadside DrugWipe, which tested positive for cannabis.
The 29-year-old was arrested and taken to provide an evidential sample of blood, but he refused, initially saying he didn’t feel he was impaired. However, he later told police he did not like needles. A small quantity of cannabis was also found in his underwear.
He was subsequently charged with failing to provide a specimen of blood for analysis when suspected to have driven while over the limit for drugs, and possession of cannabis. He was further charged with failing to surrender to custody having been released on bail.
He was convicted following a trial at Worthing Magistrates’ Court on January 4 and the case was adjourned for sentencing on February 27.
Gomes was sentenced to a 12-month community order, requiring him to carry out 60 hours of unpaid work, and disqualified from driving for 36 months. He was also ordered to pay £775 costs and a £85 victim surcharge.