Drink drive dad jailed

PUBLISHED: 17:22 29 December 2001 | UPDATED: 15:22 03 March 2010

AN IPSWICH man is starting a six month jail sentence today while a Grundisburgh woman has been banned from driving for a year after both were caught flouting the drink drive laws.

AN IPSWICH man is starting a six month jail sentence today while a Grundisburgh woman has been banned from driving for a year after both were caught flouting the drink drive laws.

The sentencing of the pair comes on the day when police in Suffolk revealed that the number of motorists caught drink driving on the county's roads over the Christmas period has risen, despite joint campaigns by police and The Evening Star.

More drivers have fallen foul of the alcohol laws than during the whole of last year's campaign.

The Star's Name and Shame campaign operates on offenders caught out breaking the law during December and January. We will report their cases in the courts and aim to take photographs of them which will be published.

Yesterday Glen Tilley, of Robeck Road, Ipswich, was jailed after pleading guilty to drink driving whilst being disqualified from driving.

Police officers detected 88 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35mcgs.

The 25-year-old, who has similar previous convictions, also admitted having no motor insurance or MoT certificate.

A father of two, Tilley was stopped in Langer Road, Felixstowe, at around 9.15pm on November 30, just a day before the Star's campaign started.

At an earlier hearing the court heard that he was driving an Austin Metro that had been in an accident earlier that day.

He was stopped after nearly causing an accident with another vehicle as he made to turn right at the traffic lights in front of an oncoming car. He was driving despite an earlier ban imposed on him in June 1999.

Neil Saunders, mitigating for Tilley yesterday, said his client had been acting out of character since he was involved in an incident at an Ipswich pub.

He said: "He tried to break up a fight in the Ship Launch Pub and was attacked. He was in hospital for six days, initially on a life-support machine"

Mr Saunders said that Tilley suffered a punctured lung as well as cuts and bruising.

He said Tilley was awaiting a brain scan after being repeatedly kicked in the head.

Mr Saunders added: "Since then he has obviously not worked he suffers from constant back pain and mood swings."

South East Suffolk Magistrates said due to Tilley's circumstances and guilty pleas the sentence had been reduced.

Tilley was sentenced to six months in prison for driving while disqualified and for drink driving.

He was also disqualified from driving for a further four years. No separate penalty was passed for having no insurance or MoT certificate.

Meanwhile, Marjorie Nicholas, who pleaded guilty to drink driving when she appeared at the same court in Ipswich yesterday, is starting her 12 month driving ban today.

The court heard that she was stopped in a routine police check in Grundisburgh while at the wheel of her Citreon Saxo at 7pm on December 20.

Nicholas, of Cranworth Close, had not been driving dangerously but she provided a breath test which indicated that she had 56 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.

The 67-year-old, who was unrepresented in court, appeared remorseful for her actions.

She said: "I don't want to make any excuses but I was having a new bathroom fitted so we have been living under stress. I was supposed to do some driving for a charity in the village that day, but spent the morning trying to arrange some drivers as I helped out with the annual carol concert.

"They were just things that made me feel stressed that day. I spent the afternoon making punch so I had a glass of sherry and then obviously I had more than just the one glass. I don't normally drink at that time of day.

"It wasn't until I was stopped by the police and saw the blue lights that I realised what I had done."

Magistrates gave Nicholas a 12-month ban and fined her £160 with £55 costs.

Also pleading guilty to drink driving was Antonia Rupiya, 26, of Wherstead Road, Ipswich.

Rupiya was found to have a reading of 67 microgrammes in 100 millilitres of breath after being stopped in Nacton Road on December 23. Her case was adjourned until January 11.

N The figures released by police revealed that 655 motorists had been breathalysed between December 18 and 6am yesterday with 45 drivers being tested positive … a figure of 6.5 per cent.

That was an increase of 0.9pc on last year's entire campaign when 44 motorists out of 729 breathalysed were found to have driven over the legal alcohol limit.

A Suffolk police spokesman said: "The fact we have seen this number of positive tests means some people are failing to heed our message. They are continuing to put the lives of themselves and other road users at risk by drink driving."

He warned motorists that police officers would continue to target drink drivers on the county's roads over the New Year holiday period.

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