A COUNCILLOR has resigned after refusing to give a blood sample when arrested on suspicion of drink driving.

Conservative Shaun Smith, 40, has represented the Wheelton and Withnell ward on Chorley Council for five years.

He was arrested in Moor Road, Chorley, last Tuesday.

Police said he refused to provide a specimen of blood for testing.

Appearing before Chorley magistrates Smith pleaded guilty to failing to provide a specimen for analysis.

He was given an interim driving ban and will be sentenced on May 11 after reports have been prepared.

Conservative council leader Peter Goldswor-thy, said: “Mr Smith has resigned his seat and is no longer a party member which I think was the honourable action to take.”

Smith, a businessman, was elected to the borough council in 2004 and won his second term last May.

His resignation will mean a by-election, which is likely to be on Thursday, June 4.