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Driver clocked at 130mph on A63 refused drug test because he was ‘Jehovah’s Witness with needle phobia’
2022-02-01 05:00:00
A criminal caught driving at 130 mph on the A63 told officers that he was scared of needles and was a Jehovah's Witness in an attempt to avoid drugs tests. Patrick Joseph Smith, 26, of Riverside Park in Newark, was on bail for a number of offences when he was caught driving dangerously on the A63 near North Ferriby. For the latest Hull Crown Court news and headlines, click here. After earlier being caught red-handed with drugs in his vehicle, Smith had given a number of spurious reasons to avoid testing when taken to a police station. He was sentenced to 16 months imprisonment at Hull Crown Court on Monday, January 31, and was banned from driving for two years. For the latest Hull Live headlines direct to your inbox, click here. Smith was spotted driving at 130 mph on the A63 by an unmarked police vehicle In the early hours of June 18, 2019, Smith was pulled over by local law enforcement near the village of Ashchurch in Gloucestershire after an officer spotted a faulty headlight and found his vehicle to be uninsured. When they approached the vehicle there was a strong smell of cannabis and Smith told the officers there was no point doing a drugs test because he was 'scared of needles' and wouldn't give blood at the station. Smith was tested regardless and was found to be under the influence of cannabis and an amount of cannabis and a grinder were found in the vehicle he was driving. At the station the defendant repeated to officers that he was scared of needles and also claimed to be a Jehovah's Witness before throwing himself to the floor to obstruct the taking of a sample. While on bail for the first offence, on June 9, 2021, Smith was spotted driving suspiciously on the A638 near Markham Moor in Nottinghamshire. After tailing Smith's car for some time at around 1.20 am, officers observed him speeding up as if to evade them before he disappeared, sparking a search of the local area. Smith's car was found down a dirt track hidden in the undergrowth of the woods with two terrified females in the back and Smith unresponsive and under the influence of drink in the front. At the station the defendant repeated to officers that he was scared of needles to obstruct the taking of a sample. Smith once again found himself on the wrong side of the law in 2021 when he was clocked hitting speeds of 130mph on the A63 near Brough while disqualified. An officer in an unmarked vehicle observed Smith driving erratically, breaking heavily when approaching slower moving traffic and changing lanes in a dangerous manner. The officer pulled Smith over at the Humber Fields Roundabout at which point he stepped out of the vehicle, took the keys out of the ignition and tossing them to the officer said: “I'm an idiot, take the car, you can have it.” He gave a false name upon arrest and claimed to have been travelling at between 80 and 90mph. Presenting the defence, Mr Littlewood conceded the Smith had an “unenviable record” for a man of 26 with a litany of 31 convictions for 61 offences. Your free Hull Courts newsletter We report from Hull's courts every week. So for the latest headlines and stories from Hull Crown and Magistrates Courts, subscribe to our free newsletter, sent out twice a week. It's free, easy and takes no time at all. Just click on this link to our newsletter sign-up centre. Among those were convictions for possession of controlled drugs and other driving offences including taking vehicles without the owner's permission. Mr Littlewood told the court that Smith had a difficult upbringing in the traveller community, seeing his parents divorced at 10 years old and being withdrawn from school at a very young age. Despite this Smith had gone on to find gainful employment but recent events in his life had driven down a difficult path. For the two counts of failure to provide a sample related to the incidents in June 2019 and June 2021, Her Honour Judge McKone said police had no choice but to charge Smith due to his obstructive behaviour without real reason. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now Of the A63 incident Judge McKone said: “You were seen driving in a breathtakingly dangerous manner, it is a miracle that no one was injured or killed. “You took risks without regard for the safety or the lives of anyone else on that road who you could have seriously hurt. “You seem to think you are above the law, you drive when disqualified and refuse to take drugs tests when ordered to.” For the offences in June 2019, Smith was sentenced to two months in prison for possession and two months for failure to provide a blood sample when instructed. For the offences in June 2021, he was sentenced to a further two months again for failure to provide a sample. Your Hull Live email newsletter Get the latest updates from across Hull and East Yorkshire direct to your inbox with the free Hull Live newsletters. You can sign up very simply by following the instructions here For the offences in August 2021, Smith was sentenced to four months for driving while disqualified and without insurance and for dangerous driving. Smith was given a total sentence of 16 months imprisonment and was banned from driving for 24 months. For the latest Hull Live headlines direct to your inbox, click here. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now

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