Drink driver forced off the roads

CONVICTED drink driver Matthew Coburn is today banned from the roads after he was found "swerving across the street" when over the limit.Coburn, 23, of St Andrews Place, Melton, was disqualified from driving for three years after he pleaded guilty to drink driving.

CONVICTED drink driver Matthew Coburn is today banned from the roads after he was found "swerving across the street" when over the limit.

Coburn, 23, of St Andrews Place, Melton, was disqualified from driving for three years after he pleaded guilty to drink driving.

Gareth Davies, prosecuting, said Coburn had been stopped at 2.50am at Woods Lane, Melton on October 18.

The breathalyser test was not working so his blood was taken at Woodbridge Police Station and he was more than twice the legal limit.


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The reading was 184 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. The legal limit is 80mcgs.

Hugh Rowland, mitigating, told the court that Coburn had been banned from driving for a year after he had committed a similar offence in May 2001.

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Mr Rowland said: "Since that conviction Mr Coburn has adopted a very sensible approach to drink driving.

"On October 18 he had been in Ipswich drinking with friends and he had no intention of driving.

"His mother has been ill for some time and when he returned home it was clear she was suffering some difficulty.

"He wanted to speak to his sister who does not live at home but he was not able to use the phone so he drove for about half a mile."

Coburn, a factory supervisor, was also ordered to pay a £400 fine and £55 court costs.

Bench chairwoman Sue Humphries told Coburn that he had a period of three months to pay the money.

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