Ban for driver who drove after six pints

A DRINK-driver who took to the wheel after six pints and overturned his car in a hedge is today banned from the road.

Simon Tomlinson

A DRINK-driver who took to the wheel after six pints and overturned his car in a hedge is today banned from the road.

Christopher Challis spent his 21st birthday in court on Monday, where he admitted to being over the limit after a night out in Pals nightclub in Ipswich.

Challis, of Springfield Road, Lower Somersham, had no money for a taxi home, so he “risked” driving and ended up flipping his car off the road in Loraine Way, Bramford, on July 13.


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South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court heard police officers were called at 10.30pm to an overturned Volkswagen with people trapped inside.

Lesla Small, prosecuting, said: “Officers found another vehicle which had tied a rope to the other car and was in the process of trying to remove the vehicle.

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“Challis said to the officers 'I just lost it, I was driving too fast'.”

Challis, who works for a traffic management company, had 75 micrograms of alcohol in 100millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35mg.

Challis, representing himself in court, said: “Me and my mate were in Pals and we'd had a few drinks. I'd had six pints of Carlsberg. “We thought about paying for a taxi but we had no money, so I thought I would risk driving.

“I turned a corner too fast and went in a bush. It was a stupid thing to do and I am sorry for what I did.”

Sentencing Challis, chairman of the magistrates Ted Draper said it was lucky that he hadn't injured himself or anyone else.

He added: “You were well over the limit - twice the legal limit. It was a foolish decision you made knowing you had drunk six pints of lager.”

Challis was disqualified from driving for 20 months, fined £180 and told to pay court costs of £65 and a victim surcharge of £15.

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