16-month ban for drink-driver

AN Ipswich man has been banned from the road for 16 months after pleading guilty to drink-driving.South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court heard that Marc Smith, 36, of Sycamore Close, in the Belstead Hills area, crashed his car on London Road near Copdock at 1.

AN Ipswich man has been banned from the road for 16 months after pleading guilty to drink-driving.

South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court heard that Marc Smith, 36, of Sycamore Close, in the Belstead Hills area, crashed his car on London Road near Copdock at 1.40am on December 23.

Lesla Small, prosecuting, said police were called to the scene and could smell alcohol on his breath when speaking to him.

She said Smith told officers he had not had a drink since lunch time the previous day.

However a test recorded 66 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.

That is nearly twice the legal limit of 35 microgrammes.

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Smith, who was not represented in court, told magistrates he was sorry for what had happened.

He said: “I'm really sorry for the crime I have committed and I'm sorry to my family, work colleagues and friends for the grief I have caused them.

“It was just a moment of madness. I have never been in trouble before. I'm just glad nobody was killed or injured.”

Magistrates disqualified Smith from driving for 16 months, to be reduced by four months on successful completion of a drink-drive rehabilitation scheme.

He was also fined £400 and ordered to pay costs of £43.