Drink-drive duo can't hide from law

THIS pair tried to hide from our cameras but they couldn't hide from the law, after both were involved in car accidents while over the drink-drive limit.

Tom Potter

THIS pair tried to hide from our cameras but they couldn't hide from the law, after both were involved in car accidents while over the drink-drive limit.

Clive Driver and Hannah-Leigh Wilcox, who shrouded themselves as they left South East Magistrates' Court on Friday, are the latest drink-drivers to be named and shamed in The Evening Star campaign to stop people putting their own and other lives at risk.

Driver collided with a motorcyclist during the afternoon of December 22, while three times the legal limit.


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The 43-year-old, from Nottidge Road, Ipswich, collided with the biker as he attempted to overtake him, in Franciscan Way, at 1.20pm.

He stopped his red Vauxhall Corsa to flag down a passing police officer, who breathalysed both uninjured men.

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Driver failed the road side test and was taken the short distance to Ipswich Police Station where he gave a reading of 107 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath - the legal limit being 35mcg per 100ml.

When asked in court by chair of the bench, Jane Fisk, if he had anything to say about the crash, he replied: “It was a mistake that I fully regret.

“I immediately stopped my car after the accident to make sure the motorcyclist was ok and flagged down a police officer.

“I was very helpful and caused no problems but I ended up here.”

Driver is due to be sentenced for his crime on Friday, January 23 but has been ordered to stay off the road until then.

Teenager Hannah-Leigh Wilcox was twice the limit when she drove her Renault Clio off the road near her Shotley home on Christmas Day.

Police responded to a report of a car leaving The Street and landing suspended in a hedge, but when an officer arrived at the scene the vehicle was empty.

Wilcox, who had been driving for less than two years, was traced to her home in Hervey Terrace where she confessed to drinking before the accident. When breathalysed she was found to have 70mcg in 100 ml of breath.

Chairman of the bench, John Clements, told Wilcox that her guilty plea had been taken into account before banning her from driving for 18 months and handing her a �275 fine.

She accepted the chance to reduce her sentence by agreeing to attend a drink-driver rehabilitation course before February next year.

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