‘Doughnut’ Ipswich drink-driver and Hadleigh drink-driver who went to chippy are banned

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

An Ipswich drink-driver who carried out an ‘idiotic doughnut’ while police officers watched has been banned from the road.

Ben Harris, of Maude Street, Ipswich pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol when he appeared before the town’s magistrates.

The 26-year-old was more than twice the drink-drive limit when he was pulled over at 2.25am on April 4 at Portal Avenue, near the Martlesham police headquarters.

Prosecutor Colette Harper said officers were on the A12 southbound, approaching the junction at Anson Road, when they noticed a Citroen Saxo on the other side of the road.

It was attempting to make what was described as a ‘doughnut-style’ manoeuvre.

Police stopped the Citroen in Portal Avenue.

The court heard there were four people in the vehicle, with Harris driving.

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Mrs Harper said Harris referred to what he had done as an ‘idiotic manoeuvre and he admitted he deserved to be stopped for it.

Harris told police he had consumed lager at lunchtime and a small amount of vodka in the evening.

However, a breath test showed he had 77 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35mcgs.

Magistrates disqualified Harris from driving for 20 months.

He was also fined £380 and must pay costs of £85, as well as £38 to the victims’ fund.

In a separate hearing a Hadleigh drink-driver also lost her licence after going out to get fish and chips while more than twice the limit.

Debra Wray, of Bradfield Crescent, admitted to driving with excess alcohol on the A1070 at Lady Lane Industrial Estate on April 6.

The court was told police stopped her Mitsubishi Colt after a marker showed the vehicle may not have been insured.

An officer smelled alcohol on the 52-year-old’s breath.

A subsequent breath test showed she had 76mcgs of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.

David Stewart, mitigating, said Wray had been having a torrid time recently and is in quite dire financial straits.

Magistrates heard she was ashamed and embarrassed by what had happened.

The mother-of-two had not planned to drive, but then decided to go to the fish and chip shop.

Wray was disqualified from driving for 18 months and must pay £170 in costs and a fine.

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