Hucknall man spat at cops after refusing to take breath test

A Hucknall driver has been convicted after of assault after spitting at a police officer.

Officers were called to Nottingham Road in Mansfield at around 11.40am on July 20 after receiving reports of someone suspected to be driving while over the limit.

While attending the call, police spotted a car that appeared to be being driven erratically.

After the car pulled over, officers tried to get 32-year-old Ashley Allsop to take a roadside breathalyser test.

A man has admitted spitting at police after refusing to take a breath test after being stopped by officers

He refused to do so and then spat at the officer.

Allsop, of St Mary’s Way, Hucknall, was charged with assaulting an emergency worker, failing to stop and failing to provide a breath specimen.

He appeared before Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on July 21 where he admitted to each of the charges.

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Allsop has been released on bail until August 18, when he will appear for sentencing at Nottingham Crown Court.

Police Constable Lucy Goodman, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Any driver who fails to provide a breath specimen when they’re pulled over by the police should expect to be put before the courts.

“Nobody should ever get behind the wheel of a car when they’ve had a drink, for the simple reason that it puts other people and themselves at serious risk of harm.

“Likewise, it is completely unacceptable for anyone to assault a police officer or indeed any other emergency service worker when they are just trying to do their job and protect the public.

“This type of behaviour will never be tolerated by Nottinghamshire Police and will always lead to a robust response from the force.”