Brazil set to contest drink drive charge

FORMER Ipswich Town legend Alan Brazil is set to contest a drink driving charge by claiming police used a faulty breathalyser.The 48-year-old, who also played for Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United, is accused of drink-driving in a BMW along the eastbound carriageway of the A14 at Woolpit on September 16.

FORMER Ipswich Town legend Alan Brazil is set to contest a drink driving charge by claiming police used a faulty breathalyser.

The 48-year-old, who also played for Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United, is accused of drink-driving in a BMW along the eastbound carriageway of the A14 at Woolpit on September 16.

Appearing before District Judge David Cooper at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates' Court yesterday, Brazil, of Sulleys Hill, Lower Raydon, near Hadleigh, spoke only to confirm his name.

During the hearing, his lawyer Gary Bromelow told Judge Cooper he had doubts over the accuracy of the device used by the police when his client was stopped.

He said: “We maintain there was no positive roadside breath test,” adding it took four attempts to get a proper reading. This, he said, raised serious doubts as to whether the machine was working properly at the time of arrest.

It is alleged Brazil, who presents Talksport's The Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, tested positive with 77 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath - twice the legal limit.

Most Read

Judge Cooper twice put Brazil's case back in the listings - first for him to see the video of him being stopped by police and second to consider whether he wanted to maintain his not guilty plea.

When Brazil returned to the courtroom, Mr Bromelow confirmed his client still denied the single charge of driving with excess alcohol.

Despite a request from Mr Bromelow for Brazil to be excused for the next hearing, on November 13, Judge Cooper said the presenter had to attend.

After the hearing, Brazil declined to comment until after the case.

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter