AN ISLE of Wight driver whose ‘annoyance got the better of him’ when he stubbornly refused to comply with a police procedure has been banned from the road.

David Sanders, of The Rogers, Shanklin, appeared before Isle of Wight magistrates on Tuesday, May 28.

At a previous hearing in April, the 47-year-old admitted failure to provide a specimen for analysis, in Newport, on October 17 of last year.

Prosecutor, Liz Miller, said police spotted a yellow van travelling at speed along Brading Road at around 7.45pm.

She said they followed the vehicle and caught up with it on Brading High Street, and its driver, Sanders, was approached by officers.

He was described as annoyed and erratic, told officers he was a cannabis user, and refused to provide a specimen for analysis, both at the roadside and at the police station.

The court heard he pleaded guilty to the offence on the day of his trial.

Michael McGoldrick, defending, said his stubbornness had led him to face a significant penalty.

He said he was clearly annoyed at the request for a sample, and being handcuffed, and that annoyance got the better of him. He hadn’t been using cannabis for two months, hadn’t been drinking, and had no excuse.

Addressing magistrates himself, Sanders conceded he was being stupid and confessed to being “hot-headed”.

He was fined £225 and disqualified from driving for 17 months.

He was ordered to pay costs of £300 and a £90 surcharge.