Brit drink driver loses ‘language barrier’ appeal

Court rejects claim that alcohol test was invalid because not explained in English

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The provincial court upheld the conviction on appeal

By Oliver McIntyre

A BRITISH driver who was convicted of a criminal drink driving offence after crashing his Porsche into a tree in Marbella has lost an appeal after the provincial court rejected his argument that the alcohol test was invalid because it hadn’t been explained to him in English.

A lower court had found that in the early-morning July 2013 incident the man had been intentionally skidding around curves when he lost control at a roundabout on Avenida Julio Iglesias in Puerto Banús. He hit the wall of a commercial building before smashing into a palm tree.

The lower court sentenced him to a 3,240-euro fine and a 749-euro compensation payment to Marbella town hall for damage to public property, plus an 18-month suspension of his driving licence, all of which were upheld by the provincial court.

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