Drink-driver drifted into opposite lane

A DRINK driver is today banned from the road after a court heard how her car drifted into the opposite lane with her full beams blinding oncoming motorists.

SUFFOLK: A drink-driver is today banned from the road after a court heard how her car drifted into the opposite lane with her full beams blinding oncoming motorists.

A member of the public called police on December 21 after following Sylvia Phipps' Renault Meganne in Hintlesham, noting she was “swerving all over the road”.

John Hardwick, prosecuting at South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court, said Phipps' car was, at times, driving on the wrong side of the road with the headlights on full beam.

The caller told police the car was “speeding up with the lights on full beam”, and said other motorists were flashing their lights at her vehicle as she continued to drive erratically.

The 48-year-old, of Humphry Road, Sudbury, was found to have 112microgrammes of alcohol per 100millilitres of breath, more than three times the legal 35mg limit.

Phipps said her behaviour was “out of character” and the result of a stressful year which had included five bereavements, helping three friends cope with cancer and extreme psoriasis.

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Noting the “extremely high reading”, District Judge David Cooper disqualified Phipps from driving for 30 months, fined her �1,000 and ordered her to pay �85 costs and a �15 government surcharge.

Another drink driver, who was also caught in possession of cocaine, appeared at South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court after he was stopped in High Street, Felixstowe in the early hours of November 5 last year.

Peter Murton, of Mill Close, Trimley St Martin, was fined a total of �450 after the court heard how tests had revealed he had 120milligrams of alcohol in 100millilitres of his blood. The legal limit is 80mg.

As well as pleading guilty to drink driving, the 35-year-old admitted failing to stop, failing to give his name and address at the scene of an accident and possession of cocaine.

Paul Jamieson, of Butt Road, Great Cornard, near Sudbury, also appeared before the court after he was caught drink-driving in Brantham on November 26. A breath test recorded 63mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath.

The 44-year-old's case was adjourned until Mondaywhen he will be sentenced at Bury Magistrates' Court.

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