Drink-drive trio face lengthy road bans

THREE men are today facing long road bans after admitting drink drive offences.

SUFFOLK: Three men are today facing long road bans after admitting drink drive offences.

The trio of Andrew Hadley, Marc Cook and Jacek Majchrzak have been taken off the road for a total of five years and four months and between them have to pay fines of �300.

Hadley, of Simons Cross, Wickham Market, appeared at South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court yesterday to plea guilty to drink driving.

He drove his nine-year-old son home from a friend's house, after the boy, who suffers from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), started behaving violently.


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Hadley was found to have 88 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. The legal limit is 80 milligrams.

The 43-year-old delivery driver, said: “I know it was wrong. But I hadn't had a lot to drink and I felt OK. It was 2am and nobody else could drive us. We tried a taxi but no one answered. He just wanted to go home and be safe.”

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Hadley added: “I've worked hard all my life and it was a silly mistake. I will lose my job instantly if I lose my licence.”

District Magistrate David Cooper said: “I can not let my sympathy for you over rule the fact that this wasn't a true emergency. It was a difficult situation, but not an emergency.”

Hadley was banned from driving for 12 months, fined �100 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of �15.

Also appearing at the court in Ipswich was Cook, of Mallard Road, Saxmundham.

The 24-year-old was stopped by police after his Renault Clio skidded off the A12, near Woodbridge, on January 3.

Cook, who also admitted driving while disqualified and driving without insurance, had consumed 51 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 micrograms.

Cook, who had previously been banned for drink driving, was disqualified for three years and ordered to pay costs of �85. He was also given a 12 week prison sentence suspended for one year for driving while disqualified and driving without insurance.

Majchrzak, 25, of Landseer Road, Ipswich, drove his Ford Galaxy through Kesgrave on December 5 having consumed 72 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.

He was disqualified for 16 months, fined �200, ordered to pay costs of �85 and a �15 surcharge.

Thomas Cole, 28, of Church Walk, Hadleigh, also appeared in court charged with drink driving.

He made no plea and was released on bail to appear at South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court on January 20.

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