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By Colin Adwent, crime correspondent
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
A 67-year-old suspected drink-driver is disqualified from driving today after her car ploughed through a fence and hit a house.
Anne Hall, of Thurleston Lane, Akenham, near Ipswich, admitted failing to provide a breath specimen and careless driving when she appeared before South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court.
Hall is now banned from the road for 20 months. She was also fined £500 as a result of the crash which occurred on the Whitton estate.
Police were called after the pensioner lost control of her S-reg Volkswagen Polo in Macauley Road during the afternoon of August 12.
The car careered off the road, through a garden fence and collided with the wall of a house.
According to the police log at the time a roadside breath test proved positive, with a preliminary reading of 129 microgrammes in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35mcgs.
Hall was taken to the police investigation centre at Martlesham for two breath tests to be carried out on an intoximeter.
The lower of the readings is always used in court for drink-driving cases.
However, after completing the first breath test, police said Hall was unable to complete the second despite numerous attempts.
Therefore, she was charged with failing to provide a breath specimen, rather than drink-driving.
In addition to her ban and fine, Hall was also ordered to pay £85 prosecution costs and a £15 victim surcharge.
Will and Lorraine Fairclough, the owners of the house Hall crashed into were out at the time.
Mr Fairclough said: “I had a call from a neighbour to tell me what had happened. We came home and saw what had happened. I am furious.
“It has destroyed the bench in front of the house, and on fine days like this I often sit out there. Luckily we’d decided to go out for the day.”
Mrs Fairclough said the fence had been put up around the front garden to make it safe for when their grandchildren visited.
“They often come over and play in the garden,” she said. “I’m just relieved that we had decided to have a day out by ourselves so there was no-one around when this all happened.”