A DRIVER involved in a collision refused to provide a breath sample despite insisting he had only had two pints.

Blackburn magistrates heard carpet fitter Alan Bibby had already quit his job because of the inevitable ban.

Bibby, 49, of Fosse Close, Blackburn, pleaded guilty to failing to provide a specimen for analysis. He was made subject to a curfew for three months between 8pm and 6am, banned from driving for 32 months and ordered to pay £95 victim surcharge and £85 costs.

Ruby Mckeague, prosecuting, said police were called to a road traffic collision on Roman Road at 8.20pm on November 6.

A Vectra had collided with a BMW and Bibby was sitting in the driver’s seat of the Vectra.

“He admitted to the officer that he was drunk and as he was walking to the van he stumbled and nearly fell three times,” said Mrs Mckeague. “The officer had to keep hold of him so he could remain upright.”

Bibby said he wasn’t going to provide a roadside sample and maintained that position at the police station.

Zubar Afzal, defending, said his client had no idea how the accident happened. He had been waiting for a friend and while he was waiting had two pints of lager.

“He says after that everything is just a blur,” said Mr Afzal.

“He remembers coming round with the air bag deployed but can’t remember refusing to provide a sample.”