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A British was man let off a drink driving charge on a language technicality.
03.02.14 - 14:14 -
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A British man caught driving four times over the legal drink drive limit has been acquitted in court as he was only read his rights in Spanish.
The incident happened in the early hours of the morning on May 5th 2013 in La Cala de Mijas. The accused was said to be driving at an “abnormally” slow speed and drove around a roundabout the wrong way.
At the scene of the incident police breathalysed the man and he recorded a rate of 0.95 milligrams of alcohol per litre of breath, almost four times over the legal limit of 0.25.
However the magistrate concluded that the whole process was carried out in an “irregular” manner as the arrested man was not given an interpreter nor was he read his rights in English.
In court, one of the police officers explained it was not possible to obtain an interpreter at 2.30am.
Defending lawyer, Manuel Huertas, considers the sentence to set a “precedent” for the foreign community.

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