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18February2014

Derbyshire police fail to keep vital evidence

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A motorist has been found NOT GUILTY of drink-driving after police believed his story and failed to keep evidence.

David Castledine was caught by police after he tried to run from a vehicle that had crashed into parked cars. Another man fled the scene but was not caught. 

Castledine, took a breath test, which shown he was more than twice the legal drink-drive limit but he told police that he had not been driving the vehicle.

He told police: ‘I have let some random man drive my car and he’s ended up crashing.

‘Police took his statement at face value,’ prosecutor Ian Shaw told Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court.

Castledine later went to the police station and told them the truth, however because the breath test result had not been kept as evidence, he was not charged with drink-driving.

In court, he later admitted to driving without due care and attention and failing to stop after an accident .

Castledine was fined £500 and was told to pay £85 costs and a £50 victim surcharge.  His driving licence was also endorsed with nine penalty points.

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