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Thread: Over the limit in Spain 6 years ago but not contacted until last week when on holiday

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    CharlieB is offline New Member
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    Default Over the limit in Spain 6 years ago but not contacted until last week when on holiday

    Hi there,

    6 Years ago when working for a British tour operator in Menorca I had a blow out and wrote off the company's car that had been rented for staff. I was .82mg% (this was the next morning not that that is relevant apart from the fact that I would never knowing drive whilst over the limit) and was arrested. They took me to a cash point and then changed their minds and made me fill in some forms then they said i was free to go back to UK but that they would contact me in order to go to court. They never contacted me and last week I returned to Spain for a mini holiday and was arrested on arrival at Malaga airport. They put me in 3 different cells for a total of 8 hours before I saw a judge who told me I would have to go to Menorca to go to court and that they wanted to give me an 18 month driving ban and a fine of around 1500. They also said I had to pay nearly 14,000 for the damage to the car (there were no other vehicle involved). They said I had to pay in one day or I wouldn't be able to leave the country but they didn't take my passport off me. I consulted a few Spanish lawyers who said they couldn't stop me leaving the country and luckily this turned out to be true. So what I need to know is the following:

    - What should I do now? Consult a lawyer in Menorca and give him power of attorney so I don't have to go in person?
    I am pretty sure that I can't owe them that much money, it was an Opel Corsa? And surely for this much money the car rental company (a very well known one) would have come after me already? Would the tour operator have had liability insurance for these kinds of incidents as they must happen all the time (I was probably one of the only reps who didn't drink drive)?

    - Can they still do this after so much time when they could have easily contacted me at any point?

    - If I were to be banned from driving would I still be able to drive in other countries (I have a business in France which requires me to drive although I am British and have a British passport)?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated as I have no clue what to do or who to speak to.

    Kind regards

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    Default Re: Over the limit in Spain 6 years ago but not contacted until last week when on hol

    I was breath tested last night in Spain and failed test. What happens next. The police took details of my NIE from my resident card

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    Default Re: Over the limit in Spain 6 years ago but not contacted until last week when on hol

    Quote Originally Posted by Mikeyd View Post
    I was breath tested last night in Spain and failed test. What happens next. The police took details of my NIE from my resident card
    How long before court summons is given to me?
    Will I be arrested at airport if summons not served on me?
    I am worried sick. First time ever driving while under influence but reading was high. .33percent on paper from police van. We were near home so they left us walk home and car left in garage at Benahavis roundabout.

    Address on resident card out of date. Have moved 3 times since.
    Would love to hear from someone who knows what is procedure here.

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