BYLINE: LUCY THORNTON
A TWIN arrested for drink driving got off because of a police blunder - but his brother was banned for moving the same car.
Christopher and John Cooper, 22, were breathalysed and arrested in August. But while Christopher was banned and fined, the case against John was dropped after a crucial evidence file went astray.
Magistrates in York heard Christopher was arrested for drink driving and left his car in front of a kebab stall. The stallholder then complained to John that his trade was being ruined by the car.
John, of York, felt he had to move the vehicle, so he drove it to a car park. Steven Ovenden, for the Crown, said John was seen driving the car on CCTV and police arrested him.
A breath test revealed he was one-anda-half times over the drink-drive limit.
John, of York, was banned for 12 months, and fined pounds 100, after pleading guilty to drink-driving. But Christopher, also of the city, pleaded not guilty and his case was dropped for lack of evidence.
North Yorks Police said despite extensive searches the missing evidence could not be found, adding that the incident was a "one-off".
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