Drink driver named and shamed

A SELF-CONFESSED heavy boozer could be jailed for his second drink driving conviction in four years.David Charles Rusher, 44, of The Red Lion, Martlesham, is the first to be been named and shamed by The Evening Star since the launch of this year's Christmas anti-drink driving campaign.

A SELF-CONFESSED heavy boozer could be jailed for his second drink driving conviction in four years.

David Charles Rusher, 44, of The Red Lion, Martlesham, is the first to be been named and shamed by The Evening Star since the launch of this year's Christmas anti-drink driving campaign.

Rusher – who confessed to regularly drink driving – pleaded guilty to being nearly three times the legal drink drive limit, after being caught driving a friend home yesterday morning .

Prosecutor Gareth Davies told magistrates in Ipswich: "He was seen to be driving his car erratically in the early hours of the morning.


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"His near-side wheels collided with a kerb twice and on one occasion he narrowly missed a parked car."

"When police spoke to him they noticed a strong smell of alcohol, but otherwise showed no signs of intoxication. He could walk in a straight line and his co-ordination was fine."

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He was stopped in Foxhall Road, Ipswich, and a breath test showed 104 mcg in 100 ml of breath. The legal limit is 35 mcg.

Mr Davies told the court: "By his own admission he is a heavy drinker and drinks every day.

"He seems to have an alcohol problem and has built up quite a resistance so he appears to be otherwise sober.

"He went on to say he regularly drives after drinking." He added Rusher did not appear to think there was anything wrong with it.

Howard Catherall, mitigating, asked for magistrates to adjourn for reports before sentencing.

He said Rusher did not expect to drive after entertaining a friend he thought would stay over. Instead the pal insisted on going home and Rusher was caught after dropping his friend off.

The court heard police were surprised to find his reading was so high.

Mr Catherall said: "His co-ordination was fine, his speech was not slurred and his eyes were not glazed.

"He may have built up a fair amount of resistance to alcohol."

He told magistrates if Rusher was "regularly drink driving" he would "more than likely" been in court since his last conviction four and a half years ago.

Magistrates gave Rusher an interim ban and ordered reports before sentencing on December 23, with all options open.

The Evening Star's name and shame campaign is in its sixth year.

It was launched in a bid to deter drivers from getting behind the wheel after drinking.

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