Drink drivers set to pay the cost

FELIXSTOWE drink driver Michael Waller is today facing the prospect of a possible prison sentence after crashing his car while drunk.The 39-year-old, of Russell Road, Felixstowe, must return to South East Suffolk Magistrates Court in Ipswich on January 23 for sentencing after a breath test showed he was three times the legal drink drive limit.

FELIXSTOWE drink driver Michael Waller is today facing the prospect of a possible prison sentence after crashing his car while drunk.

The 39-year-old, of Russell Road, Felixstowe, must return to South East Suffolk Magistrates Court in Ipswich on January 23 for sentencing after a breath test showed he was three times the legal drink drive limit.

Waller was caught when a member of the public heard a loud crash at 5.25 pm on Boxing Day and saw a green Rover being driven along Russell Road.

The person took away his keys after he smelt alcohol on Waller's breath.


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Ms Small said when police arrived they saw Waller was swaying back and forth on the pavement.

A breath test showed 120 microgrammes in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 mcgs

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Representing himself Waller said: "I have held a clean driving licence for in excess of 10 years and have no convictions whatsoever – no speeding tickets and no parking tickets."

He denied causing an accident saying: "There was no damage to my car."

Meanwhile Danny Maynard, 20, has been banned from driving for 18 months after he was stopped in his Fiat Uno on a routine police check at Heathfield Road, Holbrook, on December 28.

Maynard, of Church Cottages, Shotley, admitted drink driving after a breath test showed 78 mcg in 100 ml of breath.

Magistrates fined him £250 and ordered him to pay £35. He has the option of reducing his ban by four and a half months if he successfully completes a drivers' rehabilitation course.

Kelvin Alderton, 38, of Barrack Street, Norwich, was caught for drink driving after police received a tip-off from a member of the public, said Lesla Small, prosecuting at South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court.

Alderton had been drinking at the Wild Man public house in Sproughton on December 27 and his white van was later stopped at 10.10 pm in The Street, Hintlesham.

He admitted drink driving after a breath test showed 72 mcg in 100 ml of breath.

Representing himself mechanic Alderton said he has cerebral palsy and needs the car to get out and about. He told magistrates: "I am really ashamed of myself."

He was banned from driving for 16 months with the option of reducing his ban by four months if he successfully completes a drivers' rehabilitation course.

Alderton, who admitted drink driving, was also fined £200 and ordered to pay £35 costs.

Officers on duty stopped Ford transit driver Stanley Mowles in Stone Lodge Lane, Ipswich after he was seen to swerve towards central white lines on the road.

A blood test showed 113 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. The legal drink drive limit is 80 mg.

Representing himself, Mowles, 57, of Woolverstone Close, said he would lose his job demolishing buildings.

He told magistrates: "I am sorry. I did not realise I had that much and I was over the limit. I am disabled and I'm on so many tablets. I think that probably interfered with it."

Mowles was disqualified from driving for a year with the option of reducing the ban by three months if he successfully completes a drivers' rehabilitation course.

He was also fined £100 and ordered to pay £70 prosecution costs.

Meanwhile Terry Pickard, 46, of Lupin Road, Ipswich, is due back in court for sentence on January 21 after he admitted drink driving.

A breath test showed a reading of 86 mcg in 100 ml of breath when he was stopped in Aster Road, Ipswich, on December 30.

N The Evening Star's drink drive name and shame campaign will continue to run until January 5.

We pledge to cover all court cases involving drink drivers over the five-week period from December 1.

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