A suspected drink driver has been given a second ban within a matter of weeks after refusing to take a breath test.
Neil Moss had only recently been given a disqualification for driving with excess alcohol when he found himself back in the dock for failing to provide a breath sample when requested.
A court heard that police were called to Hillside, in Berwick, by the 48-year-old's former mother-in-law after she claimed she'd seen him drunk while behind the wheel of his Ford Focus.
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Officers arrived and the vehicle was parked-up but Moss refused to take a roadside breath test.
He was arrested but continued to repeatedly decline to give a sample of breath.
Now, Moss, of Hillside, has been given a second driving ban within a few weeks after he pleaded guilty to failing to provide a specimen.
Leanne Duffy, prosecuting at North Tyneside Magistrates' Court, said officers were called to the street in Berwick on July 22 this year.
She added: "The witness had attended her daughter's house on Hillside to collect her dog.
"As she left, she saw a grey Ford Focus that was driving along Hillside.
"She recognised it as belonging to her daughter's ex-husband. The defendant was driving and appeared to be slumped over the wheel.
"He pulled over and parked-up. She went into the address and closed the curtains. The defendant came over to the window and tapped on it."
The court heard that the woman called the police and, when they arrived, they spoke to Moss, who appeared drunk.
Miss Duffy continued: "He refused a roadside breathe test because he claimed he hadn't been driving.
"The defendant was taken to Middle Engine Lane Police Station and said he would not provide any breath samples and that it was all a ploy to blacken his name."
Nigel Hedley, defending, said Moss, who has 11 offences on his record, still claimed he hadn't been driving his car.
"The defendant is alcohol-dependant," Mr Hedley added. "He's about to go into rehab to get his life sorted out."
Moss was given a 12-month community order, was fined Â£100 and banned from the roads for 21 months.
He was also ordered to pay Â£85 costs and a Â£95 victim surcharge.
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