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Fracking Hell: The Police V Dr Steven Peers Puts Belligerent Coppers In The Frame (Video)

by | 6th, February 2014

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AH, the police. They like filming us but what when we film them? Fresh from the Mark Duggan stop and search killing (all stop; little search) and the Andrew Mitchell farce, the police are filmed arresting a man for being Non-Compliant Whilst Walking.

This incident was taped at the anti-fracking protest on Barton Moss Road, Irlam, Salford on 14/1/14. The man with the camera is Dr Steven Peers, an Electronic Engineer. On Linked In we learn that his interests are “Electronics, Jiu Jitsu, Aquaponics”.

 

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The officer telling Peers he can smell booze on his breath is Sgt David Kehoe.

There are a few moments in his tape that stand out:

* The man with the camera does say he has had a couple of drinks. But says they were tea.

* The officer moves another man on, implying that “mithering”an officer is an offence.

* The second officer addressing Peers says police have seen the man driving. And that is key. The police can detain you if they saw you driving and then suspect you of having had had a drink before or during that journey. Did the first officer see him driving? He seems to know the man, calling him Steven and asking him if he arrived in his blue Mercedes. But did this officer actually see him driving his car? He has to have done so in order to demand a breath test.

Dr Peers says he had not arrived at ‘Camp Barton’ in his car because he had stayed there the night before. So. Did the officer see him drive up?

The Government has advice on “Being stopped by the police while driving: your rights”.

The police can also give you an on-the-spot fixed penalty notice for many minor offences and make you take a breath test in certain circumstances.

And:

The police can stop you at any time and ask you to take a breath test (‘breathalyse’ you) if:

they think you’ve been drinking
you’ve committed a traffic offence
you’ve been involved in a road traffic accident
If you refuse to take a breath test, or fail to supply a sample of breath and don’t have a ‘reasonable excuse’, you can be arrested. A reasonable excuse could be a genuine physical or mental condition stopping you from giving a sample.

The breath test gives a result straight away. If it shows you’re not over the drink drive limit, you must be allowed to go.

If you fail the breath test, you’ll be taken to a police station and given 2 more breath tests. If they’re positive, you may be charged.

If you fail a breath test you can’t drive your car until you’re sober. You can ask someone else to collect your car for you.

But what about if you not near your car and show no signs of being about to get in it and drive the thing?

 

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The website Ask The Police  tells us:

Q678: Can I be arrested if I am sat in my car drunk (over the permitted limit), but not driving?

Yes, there is an offence of being in charge of a mechanically propelled vehicle whilst being over the permitted limit. Each case would be judged on it’s own merits but the officers would be looking at

whether you had the keys for the vehicle,
were you in the vehicle at the time
what were you doing at the time
whether there was anyone else in or near the vehicle
what evidence is there that you were intending

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