A MAN who refused to give a breath test to police officers has been banned from the road.

Adrian Magee was staying at Seton Sands Holiday Village when he was pulled over by officers on suspicion of drink-driving at about midnight on September 18 last year.

He was taken to Dalkeith Police Station, where he twice refused to take part in a breath test and stated: “I do not give my consent.”

Magee, currently of Sutton-on-Trent, Nottinghamshire, pleaded guilty to the offence during an appearance at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Monday.

Sheriff Thomas Welsh was told that twice previously Magee had been caught over the drink-driving limit, including an offence in England which took place just four days before the latest case.

Defending solicitor Kenneth Woodburn said that Magee did not comply with the request to take the test due to “historical matters” between him and the police.

Mr Woodburn said that 52-year-old Magee “no longer drinks and no longer drives” and had sold his car following his latest arrest.

The solicitor asked the sheriff to deal with the matter that day instead of deferring for reports as his client had a 10-hour round trip to get to court in Edinburgh.

Following a short adjournment, Sheriff Welsh agreed to the request and banned Magee from driving for three years and fined him £450.

Magee pleaded guilty to failing to provide two specimens of breath at Dalkeith Police Station on September 18 last year.