Banned driver told: expect prison

A BANNED driver who stole his auntie's car and drove while drunk at 60mph through Ipswich town centre is likely to be jailed.

A BANNED driver who stole his auntie's car and drove while drunk at 60mph through Ipswich town centre is likely to be jailed.

Samuel Marsh was warned by South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court that there was “a very good chance of going inside,” when he is sentenced on December 3.

Marsh, 19, of Goldcrest Road, pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified, drink-driving, taking a car without consent, obstructing police, possessing cannabis and breaching a community order.

Lesla Small, prosecuting, said police spotted Marsh driving at about 60mph in Norwich Road. She said the car turned into Wellington Street and parked half on and half off the pavement.

Ms Small said Marsh ran off into Norwich Road but was caught by a police officer.

She said: “Mr Marsh started to struggle violently and they both fell through a wooden gate.”

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She said he called to his friends who were in the car to help him.

Marsh was breathalysed and 59 micrograms of alcohol were discovered in 100 millilitres of his breath. The legal limit is 35mcg.

He told police he had drunk three pints of lager.

In his pocket police found a small amount of cannabis resin.

The court was told Marsh was disqualified from driving in January and was not allowed to drive until next year.

A probation officer told the court Marsh had failed to attend appointments relating to a previous conviction and this put him in breach of the order.

Marsh was released on bail until December 3.

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