Carless driver loses licence
CARLESS by name, carless by nature.A drink-driver is today living up to his surname after being banned from the road for nine months.
By TOM POTTER
CARLESS by name, carless by nature.
A drink-driver is today living up to his surname after being banned from the road for nine months.
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24-year-old Dean Carless is the latest driver to be named and shamed in The Evening Star's annual campaign, which promises to humiliate those who put themselves and others at risk.
And Barbara Siekierczak, 26, is banned from the road after being caught drink-driving in the centre of Ipswich.
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Carless continued to drive for a mile after police tried to pull him over in Ipswich, in the early hours of October 18. When he did stop his car he was found to have a breathalyser reading of 79mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath - the legal limit being 35mcg.
He pleaded guilty at South East Suffolk Magistrates Court to a charge of driving while above the legal alcohol limit.
Lesla Small, prosecuting, told the court: “Officers stopped the defendant in London Road, at 3.40am, because of the manner in which he was driving his Vauxhall Astra van.
“A blood test at Ipswich Police Station gave a reading of 185mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood - 80mg is the legal limit.”
Carless, who lives in Clacton-on-Sea, admitted the charge and said: “I'd like to say I'm ever so sorry. I appreciate I was wrong and it won't happen again.”
In sentencing Carless, District Judge David Cooper said he had no choice but to disqualify him.
He was fined £480 and banned from driving for 12 months - reduced to nine months upon completion of a drink-driving rehabilitation course.
In a separate case Siekierczak, of Benacre Road in Ipswich, was fined £100 and banned from driving for 12 months after she pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol on High Street, Ipswich, on November 22.
She was stopped at 7.15pm and was found to have 51 microgrammes of alcohol in her breath.
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