‘Pig headed’ van man gets road ban


A van driver has been banned from the roads for refusing to provide a blood sample after his vehicle nearly rolled into a police car as he was shopping for custard, a court heard.

By coincidence Richard Woobey, 41, had given police a blood test the day before he was actually stopped at the Asda store in Glass Houghton. However, he refused to give a second one hours later.

Wakefield and Pontefract Magistrates’ Court heard how police were called to the store on November 27 last year following a report of a man who was heavily in drink and about to drive away.

Prosecutor Diane Gomersall said police saw a vehicle reversing out of the car park and stopped it. Woobey, who was very unsteady on his feet, got out but failed to set the handbrake properly.

The vehicle rolled backwards and almost collided with the patrol car. The court heard Woobey, of Byron Close, Ferrybridge, provided a negative breath test but officers asked him also to do an impairment test.

Mrs Gomersall said: “They concluded the defendant was driving under the influence.”

Woobey admitted failing to provide a blood specimen for analysis. The court heard he had a previous conviction for driving while impaired in 2004.

Chris Morton, mitigating said: “He went to Asda supermarket to buy some custard. He wasn’t intoxicated, hadn’t been drinking.”

The solicitor said his client had been stopped the previous day when he had provided a blood test after an accident on the M62. But this time he felt he was been targeted.

Woobey told officers: “I gave you one yesterday. It’s within 24 hours. What’s the point.”

Mr Morton added: “Had he not been so pig-headed with the police and complied with their reasonable request then he wouldn’t be here.”

The court heard he had lost his job as a van driver. Magistrates banned Woobey from driving for three years. He was fined £80 and must pay a £20 victim surcharge.