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Drink drivers off the road

PUBLISHED: 12:00 31 December 2002 | UPDATED: 13:15 03 March 2010

TWO drink drivers who were stopped by police during the run up to Christmas have been given interim driving bans while they await sentence.

Tony Houghton, 23 of Heather Avenue was found to be three times the legal limit for drinking and driving after he lost control of his car on Bishops Hill, Ipswich, shortly after midnight on December 21.

TWO drink drivers who were stopped by police during the run up to Christmas have been given interim driving bans while they await sentence.

Tony Houghton, 23 of Heather Avenue was found to be three times the legal limit for drinking and driving after he lost control of his car on Bishops Hill, Ipswich, shortly after midnight on December 21.

Houghton's blue Ford Fiesta ended up badly damaged after it ploughed into a wall, South East Suffolk Magistrates heard.

John Hardwick, prosecuting, said that Houghton left his car at the scene of the accident and was seen by police walking along Nacton Road, Ipswich.

A breath test showed he had 115 mcgs of alcohol in 100mls of breath. The legal limit is 35.

Neil Saunders for Houghton said his client, who admitted drink driving, had been at a Christmas party with work colleagues and could not explain why he had driven his car.

Magistrates adjourned his case until January 15 for a community punishment specific sentence report to be prepared and passed an interim driving ban.

Also before the court was Thomas Donohue, 22, of Red House Close, Trimley St Martin who admitted drink driving on December 19.

Mr Hardwick said Donohue was stopped by police near his home after they saw him pulling out from near a pub.

A breath test showed he had 49mcgs of alcohol in 100 mls of breath. The legal limit is 35. Sentence was adjourned until January 8 and an interim driving ban was passed.

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