Drink driver could face jail

A DISQUALIFIED driver who ignored his ban and drove with two-and-a-half times the legal limit of alcohol in his system faces being sent to prison.Derren Salmon was involved in a crash on Christmas Day after he got behind the wheel of his car, despite the fact that he had been drinking.

A DISQUALIFIED driver who ignored his ban and drove with two-and-a-half times the legal limit of alcohol in his system faces being sent to prison.

Derren Salmon was involved in a crash on Christmas Day after he got behind the wheel of his car, despite the fact that he had been drinking.

The 34-year-old from Sutton Road, Brantham, pleaded guilty to charges of driving with excess alcohol, driving whilst disqualified and driving without insurance during a hearing at South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court on Friday .

He also pleaded guilty to obtaining insurance by making a false statement after he told an insurance company he had a valid licence.

Magistrates heard that soon after the accident on the A137 at Tattingstone just after midnight on Christmas Day Salmon was taken to hospital.

After he was discharged he was taken to a police station where tests conducted at 1am, a full hour after the accident, showed he had 94 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.

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The legal limit is 35 micrograms.

Prosecuting, John Hardwick told the court that Salmon had driven despite being subject to a three-year ban after being convicted for driving with excess alcohol in his system at Barking Magistrates' Court in February, 2003.

Magistrates opted to defer sentencing Salmon for the latest offences until a report was completed into all options for punishment.

Magistrate Sue Humphrey said: "No way are we excluding prison."

Salmon was released on unconditional bail until he is sentenced on January 28.

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