A MOTORIST who refused to give a breath sample to police has been banned from driving for three years - and placed under night curfew at his home.

Darren Smith of Oak Drive, Bredon, had denied a charge of failing to provide a breath specimen in Gloucester on May 22 last year but changed his plea to guilty at Cheltenham Magistrates Court last Thursday (January 22).

The magistrates imposed a 12-month community order on Smith with an electronically tagged curfew at his home address nightly from 7pm-7am for a period of 10 weeks.

A rehabilitation activity requirement with up to 19 days of specified activities was issued and he was disqualified from driving for three years.

The magistrates ordered him to pay £200 costs and a £95 victim surcharge.