Drink driver jailed

A NEWLY engaged Ipswich man is today behind bars after he was caught drink driving twice in two days.Hakim Abdul Abrouche was sentenced to a total of eight weeks in jail after earlier pleading guilty to two counts of driving under the influence.

A NEWLY engaged Ipswich man is today behind bars after he was caught drink driving twice in two days.

Hakim Abdul Abrouche was sentenced to a total of eight weeks in jail after earlier pleading guilty to two counts of driving under the influence.

The first time he was caught more than twice the legal limit and just two days later was caught more than three times the limit.

Abrouche, 35, was first arrested in Stowmarket at about 6.20pm on September 7 after his car broke down.

Prosecutor David Hutson told South East Suffolk magistrates in Ipswich that police stopped to help Abrouche move the car but they smelt alcohol on him and a subsequent test showed a reading of 77 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

He was released on bail but was spotted by police again on September 8 when he was driving his Ford Focus toward Valley Road, Ipswich.

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Officers reported seeing the car veer across the road and then Abrouche, of Geneva Road, Ipswich, initially failed to stop when asked.

He finally stopped in St Matthew's Street and a breath test revealed 109 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millitres of breath, three times the legal limit.

Mitigating, Roger Thompson told the court Abrouche had a drinking problem, which he had now recognised and was seeking treatment for.

He said: "My client does recognise that he's got a drink problem, it's quite clear.

"He has not drunk since he was released at all.

"He has started to address the underlying problem, which is clearly the drink."

Mr Thomson said before the first offence Abrouche had been drinking to celebrate his recent engagement.

He added that after being arrested the second time Abrouche spent eight days in custody before being bailed.

He said: "He's already had a small custodial sentence in effect."

Magistrate Anne Walker said at Tuesday's hearing while Abrouche's guilty pleas and the amount of time he spent on remand were taken into account the offences warranted a custodial offence.

She said: "They were very high readings of alcohol in breath and the second (was) committed while on bail."

Abrouche was sentenced to eight weeks in custody for each offence, to run concurrently.

His licence was endorsed and he was disqualified for driving for four years.

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