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Falmouth man who drove into River Fowey given suspended sentence

By WBgdavies  |  Posted: August 06, 2013

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Falmouth man who drove into River Fowey given suspended sentence

A Falmouth man who drove his car into the River Fowey has been given a suspended jail sentence.

Tree surgeon Richard George Graham of Melvill Road was treated for hypothermia by paramedics and then taken by ambulance to Treliske Hospital following the incident on May 2.

The 62-year-old was asked to provide a blood sample at hospital, but refused to do so.

Graham pleaded guilty to failing to provide a sample when he appeared at Truro Magistrates. He had previous convictions including one for a similar offence in 2004.

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His solicitor Paul Gallagher told the bench that Graham had gone to Fowey to see if he could recognise anyone he knew and was also trying to sell some festival tickets, but had no recollection of the incident itself.

“He had no idea why his vehicle ended up in the water or anything about being asked for blood.”

He was given a 12 week prison sentence, suspended for a year due to the severity of the offence, disqualified from driving for 42 months and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £80.

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