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Drink-driver banned after whiskey binge

PUBLISHED: 17:57 26 December 2001 | UPDATED: 15:22 03 March 2010

A MOTORIST who drank a large amount of whiskey the day after being involved in a road accident, has been banned from driving for 18 months after taking to the wheel while still over the limit.

A MOTORIST who drank a large amount of whiskey the day after being involved in a road accident, has been banned from driving for 18 months after taking to the wheel while still over the limit.

David Sampson, who currently lives in Woodbridge, was stopped in Melton Road in the town on December 12, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol at South East Suffolk Magistrates Court.

He had been involved in a road accident on December 10, when his Citroen had been hit by another car, causing damage to the rear of the vehicle.

Following the accident, Sampson admitted that he was "a bag of nerves" and started to drink a quantity of whiskey, which he said "had got out of hand".

Sampson, 58, was stopped by police the following morning due to the condition of his car and it was then that he provided a sample.

He had 67 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath – nearly twice the legal limit of 35mcg.

Sampson, who works in the Far East, said that he had spent most of the last eight years working abroad but had been forced to return to the UK after the terrorist attacks on September 11.

He said the area of the Philippines he was working in was unsafe and had twice delayed flying there due to safety.

He was banned from driving for 18 months, fined £100 and ordered to pay £30 costs.

n The Evening Star pledges to Name and Shame all convicted drink-drive motorists throughout our annual campaign which runs throughout December and January.


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