Drink driver could lose job

A DUST-cart driver is today pondering his future after he mucked up his employment when he was caught drink driving.Brian Kelly, of Howe Avenue, Ipswich, is set to lose his job of 16 years because he got behind the wheel of the car after drinking.

A DUST-cart driver is today pondering his future after he mucked up his employment when he was caught drink driving.

Brian Kelly, of Howe Avenue, Ipswich, is set to lose his job of 16 years because he got behind the wheel of the car after drinking.

South East Suffolk Magistrates were told he crashed his Honda Accord on the way home from the pub but drove off without exchanging details.

Prosecutor Stephen Coleman, said police stopped Kelly near the scene of the accident in Heather Road and he failed a roadside breath test.


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A blood sample taken at the police station showed 126 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood – the legal limit is 80 mg.

Kelly, who admitted drink driving, told police he drove to the Racecourse Pub in Nacton Road after work on August 21 and drank some beer.

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Mr Coleman said: "He drove home along Heather Avenue, hit a stationary vehicle, had an argument with the stationary vehicle's owner and drove home."

Neil Saunders, mitigating, said: "It is going to be rather bad for Kelly because he is going to lose his job and his licence.

"He is not a young man. He is 56 years old.

"Depending on whether the council can offer him alternative employment things are going to look bleak.

"He is sorry for what has happened and obviously the consequences are going to be horrendous."

Kelly was banned from driving for a year with the option of reducing his ban by three months if he successfully completes a drivers' rehabilitation course.

He was also fined £250 and ordered to pay £43 towards prosecution costs.

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