A SELF-EMPLOYED window cleaner may lose his business after being banned from driving for three years for refusing to provide a breath sample.

Daniel Eastment, aged 28, refused to provide breath samples at Worcester Police Station after having some drinks with friends.

Defending, Mark Lister argued Eastment wanted to provide a blood specimen as he believed it would be more accurate.

“This is something which has come as a shock to him,” he said.

“Of course he has a previous conviction in 2010. He is a single man, a self employed window cleaner. He has built up customers over nine years. He is concerned he will lose his house and employment. He doesn’t have a family he can go and stay with. There are no signs he has a drinking problem.”

Shafquat Reaz, prosecuting, said that police spotted Eastment at 1.35pm on June 24 driving into a car park.

“The occupant was seen exiting the vehicle, they appeared to be walking in the direction of the flats,” he said.

“The defendant was asked to come over and have a chat with police. He smelt strongly of alcohol. The defendant said he had been drinking.

“His behaviour and attitude towards the police fluctuated.”

At 1.56 am he was taken to Worcester Police Station where he did not provide samples.

Eastment, of Leswell Street, Kidderminster, pleaded guilty to failing to provide a specimen for analysis at Worcester Magistrates Court on Thursday, July 12.

He was given a community order and disqualified from driving for 36 months.

Eastment was ordered to pay a £85 victim surcharge and £135 court costs.