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Drink-drivers warning to others

PUBLISHED: 12:30 18 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:41 03 March 2010

A IPSWICH man banned for drink-driving when he was only slightly over the limit has today warned others that "It's just not worth it."

Speaking from his Matson Road home, Ian Salisbury confessed he realised he was possibly over the limit and knew that he risked a ban when he was stopped by police in Colchester.

A IPSWICH man banned for drink-driving when he was only slightly over the limit has today warned others that "It's just not worth it."

Speaking from his Matson Road home, Ian Salisbury confessed he realised he was possibly over the limit and knew that he risked a ban when he was stopped by police in Colchester.

Ian Salisbury appearing before magistrates said he was only behind the wheel because his girlfriend had got lost.

He said the couple were heading home from a wedding when they lost their way near Colchester and he took over - until police stopped him.

The 27-year-old admitted being over the limit in a Fiat Brava in Maldon Road and was banned from driving for a year.

Brian Wilks, prosecuting, said the defendant was pulled over at 12.45am and failed a roadside breath test.

He later gave a blood sample which showed he was only just over the limit.

The reading indicated 83 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. The legal limit is 80mlgs.

Salisbury, mitigating for himself, told Colchester Magistrates Court he and his girlfriend were on their way back from a friend's wedding when she got lost and became "pretty upset".

He said he took over driving and were planning to swap back once they found the main road to Colchester. He added that he deeply regretted what he had done.

Salisbury was banned from driving for 12 months, fined £125 and ordered to pay £55 costs.

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