A14 BMW drink-driver from Melton was travelling at 94mph, court told

A breathalyser used by police on suspected drink-drivers. (Stock image). Picture: JOHN GILES

A breathalyser used by police on suspected drink-drivers. (Stock image). Picture: JOHN GILES - Credit: PA

A drink-driver has been banned from driving after police clocked his sports car travelling at 94mph on the A14 near Sproughton.

Nicolas Uthwatt-Bouverie, of Old Maltings Court, Melton, near Woodbridge, pleaded guilty when he appeared before Ipswich magistrates to driving with excess alcohol for the second time.

The court was told the 44-year-old had been on his way to pick up his son.

When breath-tested Uthwatt-Bouverie had 42 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35mcgs.

The offence occurred while Uthwatt-Bouverie was driving a black BMW Z4 at around 9.45am on April 17.

Prosecutor Lesla Small said police were on the a14 at Sproughton when they saw the defendant’s car. The speed was recorded as 94mph in a 70mph limit.

The vehicle was stopped at the A14 junction with the A140 at Coddenham.

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A roadside breath test showed a positive reading. A subsequent test on an intoximeter at a police investigation centre found he was seven microgrammes over the legal limit.

The court heard Uthwatt-Bouverie had served a driving ban after a previous drink-driving conviction in March 2008.

Magistrates were told the latest offence occurred the morning after he had consumed alcohol.

Uthwatt-Bouverie had been out with his partner for dinner the previous evening before staying overnight at hers.

He woke up in the morning, had a cup of coffee, and felt fine to drive.

Uthwatt-Bouverie then went to pick his son up.

The court heard he was driving a small sports car and did not realise he was breaking the speed limit at the time of the offence.

Uthwatt-Bouverie was heading to his parents’ farm.

Magistrates were told he was remorseful.

Uthwatt-Bouverie was disqualified from driving for 36 months and fined £500.

He must also pay £85 costs as well as £50 to the victims’ fund.

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