Drink Driver Blames Cleaning Products for Being Over the Limit

05-05-2013 09:13

Magistrates in Kirklees, West Yorkshire, heard claims this week that the reason a man arrested for alleged drink-driving was over the limit was due to various cleaning products used on his car by a valeting service.

Jonathan Downs, of Edge Hill in Linthwaite, denied the charge of driving while over the prescribed limit on 18 September last year. Mr Downes allegedly had 87 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood – seven mg over the legal limit – but his legal representative argued that this was down to the fact that his car had been valeted and insisted that the real issue at stake was whether cleaning products used during this service were to blame for the blood alcohol level.

Lawyer Rachel Smith said that an expert witness would need to be called. Mr Downs has been released on bail until the trial on 2 June.

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