A MOTORIST who failed to give police officers a blood test after they suspected him of drink-driving has been banned from the road.

Troy Ogilvie, of Fountainhall Mains, near Pencaitland, was arrested and taken to the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh following an incident on the B6355 Gifford Road.

While he was being treated by medics, Ogilvie refused to give a blood sample to the officers.

The 51-year-old was arrested and charged and he appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court to answer the charges.

He pleaded guilty to one offence during last Friday’s court hearing and had not guilty pleas accepted to two further charges.

Ogilvie admitted failing to give a blood sample to police officers at the hospital on September 8 last year.

He was cleared of driving at excessive speed and losing control of his vehicle whereby he struck a tree at the B6355 Gifford Road on September 7 last year.

He also had a not guilty plea accepted to failing to provide a breath sample to officers during the same incident.

Sheriff Gordon Liddle handed Ogilvie an 18-month road ban and fined him £900.