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Drink driver facing prison

PUBLISHED: 12:57 17 June 2005 | UPDATED: 05:56 02 March 2010

AN alcoholic drink driver involved in a five-vehicle accident while more than three times the legal limit could face prison next month.

Kelly Fairs, of Maryon Road, Ipswich, blamed brake failure for her swerving car mounting the pavement and hitting a moped, along with three other vehicles in High Road, Trimley St Martin.

AN alcoholic drink driver involved in a five-vehicle accident while more than three times the legal limit could face prison next month.

Kelly Fairs, of Maryon Road, Ipswich, blamed brake failure for her swerving car mounting the pavement and hitting a moped, along with three other vehicles in High Road, Trimley St Martin.

Fairs was one of two substance abusers before Ipswich magistrates charged with drink driving. The other, Brian Bloomfield, of Bramford, was also more than three times the legal alcohol limit and had his partner's 12-year-old granddaughter with him when he was caught.

Prosecutor Andrea Reynolds told the court Fairs had damaged the cars and a moped, as well as slightly injuring its rider, during a series of crashes just before noon on June 8.

The rider told police he saw Fairs' red Suzuki Vitara move onto the pavement after swerving to avoid a bollard, before it collided with him. His bike was damaged in the crash and he injured his arm.

The drink driver's car then hit a stationary Volkswagen Passat from behind while its female occupant was looking in her handbag. The Vitara also went on to crash into a MGF sports car causing the vehicle to lurch into a Vauxhall Corsa.

Magistrates were told when police interviewed Fairs at the scene, while she was being treated for a nosebleed in an ambulance, she told them her brakes had failed.

When the 34-year-old was breathalysed she had 120 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 mcgs.

Sharon Hector, defending, told the court Fairs, formerly of Felixstowe, had an alcohol problem and had now approached the doctors and specialist substance abuse teams for help.

Miss Hector said the three glasses of wine her client had told police she had drunk were consumed the night before.

Bench chairman Patrick Oudkerk adjourned the case until July 8 for pre-sentencing reports and warned Fairs she could face jail after describing her breath test reading as excessive.

Mr Oudkerk said: "The entry point threshold as far as your reading goes is prison. It's an all options open report, but prison is top of the list."

Fairs was released on bail until her sentencing.

Meanwhile Bloomfield was caught when he stopped off at Premier Estate Stores in Bramford Road, Ipswich, to buy a lottery ticket and cider at 6.30pm on June 11.

Shop worker Colin Richardson saw the 51-year-old, of Acton Road, Bramford, return to his silver Nissan Micra in a drunken state. Believing he was going to drive he went out and took his keys away.

Miss Reynolds, prosecuting, told magistrates Bloomfield, who pleaded guilty to drink driving, had his partner's 12-year-old granddaughter and a dog with him.

When he was breath tested his reading was 113mcg in 100mls of breath.

Bloomfield told police he had consumed three pints of cider during the morning and had bought the cider for the following day.

The court heard Bloomfield suffers from substance abuse and mental health problems and is currently seeking help.

Representing himself he said: "I regret what happened, but I didn't even realise that I was that much over the top."

His case was also adjourned for pre-sentencing reports to be prepared.


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