Brit drink driver loses ‘language barrier’ appeal

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

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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