May 20 2013 Latest news:
By Colin Adwent
Monday, January 7, 2013
Three more motorists have lost their licences after being caught drink-driving.
Ty Freer told police he consumed 12 cans of cider before going to sleep at 4am and then getting behind the wheel of his Ford Ka less than seven hours later.
The 29-year-old, of Cornwall Road, Felixstowe, admitted driving with excess alcohol, when he appeared before South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court.
Prosecutor Emma Howson said a witness reported Freer to police at 10.30am on December 15. His car was seen driving down a muddy track off Capel Hall Lane, Trimley St Martin.
Freer – a hairdresser – said he had finished drinking at 4am that day, but had woken up and felt he was fine to drive. A breath test showed he had 61 microgrammes in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35mcgs.
The court heard Freer had been convicted in July 2009 of being drunk in charge of a vehicle, and disqualified for 14 days.
Freer told the court: “I wouldn’t normally drink and drive. My daughter’s mum was run over in December 2001 by a drink-driver and pinned against a wall. I know what drinking and driving can do.”
District Judge Celia Dawson banned Freer from driving for 18 months and fined him £200. She also ordered him to pay £85 costs and £20 to the victims’ fund.
In another case builder Dimitri Sharman, of Hawks Mill Street, Needham Market, was disqualified from driving for a second drink-drive offence.
The 40-year-old was caught when his Hyundai was stopped on the B1113 at Great Blakenham on December 13.
A breath test showed he had 40mcgs of alcohol in 100mls of breath. The court was told he had a previous drink-drive conviction in March 2005.
Sharman was banned for three years and ordered to pay £255 in fines and court costs.
Alcoholic Deborah Smith, of Adastral Close, Felixstowe, was also in court.
The 44-year-old’s Audi A4 was stopped by police on the Felixstowe-bound slip road of the A14 at Seven Hills, near Nacton, on December 11.
When breathalysed she had 43mcgs of alcohol in 100mls of breath.
As Smith wept, the court heard she was receiving treatment for an alcohol addiction.
Smith was disqualified from driving for 12 months, and ordered to pay fines and costs totalling £225.