In late 2016 Mr A was charged with failure to provide a urine sample. He had been stopped by police as he was driving home from work and was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving. He was taken to a police station in London, and because of a medical condition he could not blow into a breath testing device. Police required him to provideurine instead. The law requires a motorist to provide two separate samples within one hour of the request. Immediately prior to his arrival at the police station he had emptied his bladder because he had been desperate to urinate. He was then faced with the challenge of providing two samples in the hour, with officers keeping a close eye on him. He was provided with plenty of water and he drank it. However, hard he tried he could not provide urine. Police charged him with failure to provide. His defence was he had a reasonable excuse – he couldn’t “go”. The prosecution said he was making it up, but the court believed him and he was acquitted.
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