Drink driver jailed

A CONVICTED drink driver is behind bars again today after admitting to driving while disqualified with more than twice the legal limit of alcohol in his breath.

A CONVICTED drink driver is behind bars again today after admitting to driving while disqualified with more than twice the legal limit of alcohol in his breath.

Donald Lindsay, 30, of Collingwood Fields, East Bergholt, was jailed for four months at South East Suffolk Magistrates Court on Monday after pleading guilty to offences of drink driving, driving while disqualified and driving with no insurance or MOT.

This is the second time that The Star has exposed the drink driving habits of Mr Lindsay – back in December 2000, his antics outside court demonstrated his contempt for the court.

Then he was jailed for six months after driving with almost three times the legal limit of alcohol in his breath.


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The latest incident saw him arrested on July 21 in Brecon Close, Ipswich after the vehicle he was driving was suspected as being stolen.

He was arrested and taken to Ipswich police station where he was found to have 78 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.

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Miss Pat Taylor, prosecuting, said: "At that time the vehicle was suspected to be stolen so police officers stopped the vehicle and Mr Lindsay was taken to the police station."

"He made a full admission to the police of driving while disqualified, although enquires later made police aware that the vehicle was not stolen."

Hugh Rowland, mitigating, said: "Mr Lindsay knows that he is going to prison today. It is really just a question of how much credit you give him for coming clean at the first possible opportunity."

"This man has spent a long time in custody in his 30 year life. He has spent 10 sentences in prison and so prison holds no fears for him.

"He is very disappointed with himself for getting into trouble again. As far as the offences themselves are concerned I have no mitigation."

In sentencing Mr Lindsay to four months in prison, chairman of the bench Jack Chapman said: "You came to court today fully aware that you were likely to be sent to prison and we will not disappoint you."

He sentenced Mr Lindsay to three months imprisonment for driving while disqualified and one month for drink driving, to run concurrently. He was given a further month's imprisonment for driving with no MOT – to be served consecutively.

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