Homes Under The Hammer host Martin Roberts' bid to get conviction for not providing a breath specimen overturned  'because his asthma was to blame' fails

  • He was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in Bath in November
  • Homes Under The Hammer presenter denied failing to provide breath specimen
  • In March he was convicted, fined £3,461 and banned from driving for 23 months
  • Said he was unable to provide a breath specimen because of his chronic asthma
  • Police accused him of sucking rather than blowing and, after one successful test which showed him to be almost twice the limit, they charged him

Roberts (pictured), 56, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol in Bath last November

Roberts (pictured), 56, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol in Bath last November

TV host Martin Roberts has failed to get his conviction for not providing a breath specimen overturned – despite blaming his asthma.

Roberts, 56, who presents the BBC's Homes Under The Hammer, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol in Bath last November.

He denied failing to provide a specimen of breath, but in March magistrates in Bath convicted him, fining him £3,461 and banning him from driving for 23 months.

Roberts, who has also appeared on I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here!, said he was unable to provide a breath specimen because of his chronic asthma, and said that he tried several times to give one.

Roberts, who has also appeared on I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! (pictured), said he was unable to provide a breath specimen because of his chronic asthma, and said that he tried several times to give one

Roberts, who has also appeared on I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! (pictured), said he was unable to provide a breath specimen because of his chronic asthma, and said that he tried several times to give one

But police accused him of sucking rather than blowing and, after one successful test which showed him to be almost twice the limit, they charged him. 

Roberts maintains the reading could have been contaminated by his asthma inhaler.

He failed to have his conviction and sentence overturned at Bristol Crown Court. Recorder Noel Casey said: 'We accept the appellant suffers from asthma but not to an extent much greater than many other sufferers.'

Homes Under The Hammer host Martin Roberts fails to get conviction overturned

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