A MAN from Barbados refused to take a breathalyser test because he was running away from ‘racist’ Polish bouncers who said he was Jamaican, a court heard.

Kadeem Ackeda Devere Stephens had been at the Wheelhouse bar in Bowness on the night of January 12.

The 27-year-old had left in his car and shortly afterwards was pulled over by police.

He refused to give a breath sample because he felt he ‘had been the victim’.

At South Cumbria Magistrates’ Court prosecutor Pamela Fee said: “Officers received communication from the Wheelhouse in Bowness asking them to attend.

“They spoke to the door staff who explained the defendant had been drinking all night in the bar then drove his car along the road and they were concerned he was over the limit.”

The court heard Stephens, of Ghyll Head, Bowness, refused to take a breathalyser at the roadside and also at the police station.

Defending himself, Stephens said: “I had not been drinking all night. I was attacked by the Polish door staff. They said ‘We’ve got you now you’ve got drugs in your car and you’re a drug dealer’ which I am not.

“When police arrived I felt I was the victim.

"One of the bouncers assumed I was Jamaican and called me a racist name.

“A lot of Polish people work around there and they have been unkind and racist to me.”

Stephens pleaded guilty to refuse to take a breathalyser test.

He was banned from driving for 26 months and told to complete 120 hours of unpaid work.

He must also pay £85 court costs.