Drink-driver more than four times limit when caught again in Ipswich on same day as court banned him

Inspector Julian Ditcham with the Drager Alcotest used by Suffolk Constabulary tests a motorist.

Inspector Julian Ditcham with the Drager Alcotest used by Suffolk Constabulary tests a motorist.

A disqualified motorist banned for a drink-drive related offence was caught driving again while nearly four-and-a-half times the limit within two hours of his conviction.

William McKenna, of Lawn Farm, Sudbury, was spared an immediate prison term after being stopped in his Jaguar X-type after nearly driving into a police community support officer in Ipswich on October 10.

That morning the 45-year-old had appeared before at the town’s magistrates court and was banned for 12 months after admitting failing to give a breath specimen on September 19.

The two offences were McKenna’s second and third drink and vehicle-related offences in 15 months.

When McKenna made his latest appearance before Ipswich magistrates he pleaded guilty to disqualified driving, drink-driving and driving with no insurance.

At 12.20pm on October 10 his Jaguar was seen driving erratically in Norwich Road, Ipswich. A PCSO sent a radio message out stating the car had almost gone into the back of him.

McKenna was stopped in Paper Mill Lane, Claydon. He told an officer he had been to court that morning and was convicted of a drink-drive-related offence.

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McKenna said he had been disqualified from driving for 12 months.

A breath test showed he had 158 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35mcgs.

Magistrates sentenced McKenna to 18 weeks’ imprisonment, suspended for 18 months, and banned him from driving for five years.

He must also pay £115 to the victims’ fund.

His previous case on October 10 involved McKenna being found asleep in his car on the A1088 at Elmswell.

A roadside breath test was carried out which indicated he had 121mcgs of alcohol in 100mls of breath. However, he refused to take a subsequent test on an intoximeter.

In addition to his 12-month ban he was given a 12-month community order with an alcohol treatment requirement and ordered to pay costs and a victim surcharge totalling £170.

On October 7 last year McKenna was also sentenced to a 12-month community order with 120 hours’ unpaid work after he was found guilty of being drunk in charge of a vehicle in Burrell Road, Ipswich, on July 7, 2015.

A breath test showed he had 149mcgs of alcohol in 100mls of breath.

McKenna also had his licence endorsed with 10 points and was ordered to pay a total of £930 in various costs and surcharges.