Martin Roberts, 56, was arrested on November 24 last year after he refused to take a breath test when police suspected he was over the drink drive limit. The Homes Under The Hammer host claimed he tried but failed to complete two blows into the breathalyser machine at the station. Following the test, Martin was found to be guilty, resulting in a £3,461 fine and 23 month driving ban back in March. In spite of the conviction, the property expert insisted the reading on the breathalyser machine could have been contaminated by his asthma inhaler.
As a result, the star appeared in Bristol Crown Court yesterday to appeal both the conviction and sentence.
However, Martin’s case was dismissed by recorder Noel Casey, who retained the sentence and imposed £520 costs.
Noel told Roberts: “We accept the appellant suffers from asthma but not to an extent much greater than many other sufferers.”
Martin seemed to be despondent as he left court following the appeal and opened up about his “bad day” to Bristol Live.
The Homes Under The Hammer presenter said: “This is a bad day for me. But it is also a terrible day for asthma sufferers.
“How can it be fair that someone that has a lifelong history of asthma, that declares that asthma to police, is only offered a breathylser test that involves exhaling effectively – and is not offered any alternative way of providing a sample – such as giving blood or urine?”
The TV personality also claimed his doctor said it was very likely he would have been unable to provide the breath test required by the police.
Discussing his health issues, Martin said: “My failure to provide a sample was for genuine medical reasons. I would have happily provided a blood or urine sample but was never offered the opportunity to do so.
“I believe the law needs to be changed to protect other asthma sufferers like myself from being prejudiced against in this grossly unfair way, by making it mandatory that they are offered an alternative way of providing a sample.”
He continued: “This matter has caused me and my family unbelievable stress and worry and I am now being faced with a 23-month driving ban and a big fine – equivalent to being ten times over the limit and crashing into a street full of parked vehicles.
“Yet I wasn’t even in my car, or anywhere near it, when I was stopped by police.”
Elsewhere, Martin recently shared his hopes to star in his own show outside of Homes Under The Hammer in the future.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, Martin spilled: “I’d love to [star in my own show]. I’m always thinking of ideas.
“People probably think I’m employed by the BBC but I’m not, I could do all sorts of things.”
Although the presenter also made it clear he was not planning on leaving the BBC One show in the near future.
He continued: “I couldn’t do anything as good as Homes Under The Hammer, the bar has been set pretty high,
“The days of Netflix and YouTube and that stuff still delivers, we get figures some evening shows would be proud of.”