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Blind man denies driving charges - 51-year-old faces three allegations

By This is Devon  |  Posted: November 19, 2010

A BLIND man has appeared in court accused of three driving offences.

Derek Allen, of Clovelly Rise in Paignton, was in Torbay Magistrates' Court wearing dark glasses and using a white cane to negotiate his way to the dock.

He was charged with driving a grey Daimler saloon along Waterleat Road in Paignton, having 116 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.

Allen, aged 51, was also charged with not having a licence or insurance.

He pleaded not guilty to all charges.

He was given unconditional bail, and ordered to return to Torbay Magistrates' Court on January 4 for trial.

Solicitor Ben Darby, representing Allen, told the Herald Express: "He is pleading not guilty. His assertion will be that he cannot see."

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