A MAN from Northwich has been fined and hit with 10 penalty points after refusing to give police a sample of his blood.

Paul Hignett, of Albermarle Avenue in Hartford, was stopped by police in Helsby on April 7 on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs.

However, when the 30-year-old was to provide officers with a sample of his blood, as is required under section seven of the Road Traffic Act, he refused.

This resulted in police not being able to fully investigate whether an offence had been committed under the same act.

As a result of his refusal, Hignett found himself before Chester magistrates on Friday, July 29, where he pleaded guilty to the sole offence.

He was fined £400 and was given 10 points on his driving license.

Magistrates also told him to pay prosecution costs of £85 and a £40 surcharge which will help fund victim services.