Drink-drivers from Trimley and Ipswich lose their licences

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A drink-driver who was nearly three times when she collided with another car at a Felixstowe roundabout has been banned.

Sarah Parks, Hunters End, Trimley St Mary, pleaded guilty at South East Suffolk Magistrates court to driving with excess alcohol.

A breath test showed the 38-year-old had 98 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35mcgs.

Prosecutor David Bryant said an accident occurred at around 9.25am on March 4 in Trinity Avenue.

Parks had been driving an Audi A4 estate. She was in the back of an ambulance when police arrived as she had hit her head against the steering wheel.

When interviewed the accounts manager told police she had been under stress at work and had been drinking wine overnight between 9pm and 2pm.

She had also not eaten much.

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The court heard Parks had been in slow-moving traffic at the time of the collision.

Michael Stephenson, mitigating, said: “We have her a lady who is totally ashamed of what happened.”

Mr Stephenson added Parks had been waiting behind a car at a roundabout when a gap in traffic appeared.

She had expected the car in front to move into the gap and drove forward, but the other vehicle did not go.

District Judge Sandeep Kainth disqualified Parks from driving for two years and ordered her to pay a total of £430 in fines, costs and a victim surcharge.

In a separate hearing the court heard another drink-driver Mitchell Ambrose mistakenly drove on the wrong side of the road towards a police car.

Mitchell Ambrose, of Hogarth Road, Ipswich, was just over the legal limit when the incident occurred at around 1.45am on November 29.

The 22-year-old pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol.

Judge Kainth was told a police officer saw Ambrose’s Ford Fiesta being driven at speed on the wrong side of the road towards him.

The officer to braked and took action to avoid the Fiesta.

Ambrose stopped in Willoughby Road.

The father-of-two was taken to Martlesham police investigation centre where a blood sample was taken.

The result showed Ambrose – who works for a cleaning company - had 109 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of urine. The legal limit is 107mlgs.

Nicola Pope, mitigating for Ambrose, said the intoximeter at the investigation centre produced unreliable breath readings, so a urine sample had to be taken.

Judge Kainth disqualified Ambrose from driving for 12 months and fined him £150.

He must also pay costs of £85 and £20 to the victims’ fund.