South Tyneside restaurant worker 'made advances to a female officer' but failed to do breath test

A South Tyneside restaurant worker refused to give a breath or blood sample when confronted by police when his car was involved in a collision with a lamppost and another vehicle.

By Gareth Crickmer
Friday, 9th October 2020, 7:00 am

Jetu Miah, 32, of Wallington Grove, South Shields, made a pass at a female PC after his arrest, despite being otherwise uncooperative, a court heard.

South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court heard Miah was seen getting out of the motor by the woman whose vehicle he allegedly hit and going into his home on Saturday, September 5.

Police, who were already on the hunt for his car after being alerted to a possible drink driver, soon attended his property.

The case was heard at South Tyneside Magistrates' Court

Prosecutor Clare Irving told magistrates: “Police were alerted to a person possibly driving under the influence of alcohol.

“A car registration was handed to police, and they kept alert for that vehicle. It was found in Wallington Grove.

“The bonnet was hot to the touch, which suggested that it had been driven.

“The police called back the caller, who said the car had crashed into a lamppost and hit her vehicle.

“The defendant answered the door and was unsteady on his feet and smelled of liquor.

“He was arrested and taken to a police station, and was obstructive and made advances to a female officer.”

She added: “The defendant said that he had smoked cannabis earlier. He continued to be argumentative during the CAMIC test procedure.

“He was encouraged to give a sample of blood. It was decided that he had failed and was charged.”

Tracey Wood, defending, told the court: “He does accept his behaviour was somewhat out of character.

“It was down to the fact that he had alcohol in his system and was drunk.

“He says that he wasn’t driving and it was someone else.”

Magistrates warned Miah, who pleaded guilty to failing to provide a sample for analysis, that the maximum sentence was six months in jail.

They also said they were considering a high level community sentence – and adjourned the case for reports to the same court on Friday, October 16.

Miah was granted unconditional bail.

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