Drink-driver caught while on bail
A MAN who was on bail for an allegation of drink-driving was found to be over the legal limit on the A14, a court has heard.Marian Turek had been due to return to Bury St Edmunds Magistrates' Court on April 2 to face a charge of drink driving when he gave a reading above the stipulated limit on March 13.
A MAN who was on bail for an allegation of drink-driving was found to be over the legal limit on the A14, a court has heard.
Marian Turek had been due to return to Bury St Edmunds Magistrates' Court on April 2 to face a charge of drink driving when he gave a reading above the stipulated limit on March 13.
The Stowmarket Market Place resident pleaded guilty to the offence at South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court in Ipswich and was banned from the roads for a year.
It also emerged in the hearing he had taken the keys for his friend's car without permission and had not told the police about not owning the car because “they didn't ask”.
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Sandra Dyer, prosecuting, said that officers began following the Saab Turek was driving in Stowmarket in the early hours of the morning after noticing his erratic driving style at a roundabout.
They followed him all the way to Claydon on the A14, where his speed was fluctuating between 50-80mph before stopping him for a breath test.
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The reading he gave was 45 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.
The Polish national, speaking through an interpreter, said he had drunk some beers earlier that day but “did not think for one minute” he was over the limit.
The poultry company worker said when asked about the car: “It was my friend's car. He was asleep. I did not ask permission. He left the key on the table and I took it.”
Chairman of the bench Ken Turner fined him �150 for driving while over the legal drink drive limit, disqualified him from the roads for 12 months and ordered him to pay �65 towards costs and a �15 victim surcharge.