Drink driving OAP awaits fate

A ROYAL British Legion standard bearer is today awaiting his fate after a relative told police he was a drink driver.Relatives of 70-year-old David Evans even took the drastic step of impounding his cars so it is almost impossible for him to get behind the wheel again, after he drove while drunk twice in one week.

A ROYAL British Legion standard bearer is today awaiting his fate after a family member told police he was a drink driver.

Relatives of 70-year-old David Evans even took the drastic step of impounding his cars so it is almost impossible for him to get behind the wheel again, after he drove while drunk twice in one week.

Magistrates in Ipswich were told a family member first warned the police that the 70-year-old, of Hadleigh Road, East Bergholt, could have been drink driving, after concerns were raised about his alcohol consumption.

South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court heard that on the first occasion he was caught he had been celebrating after a legion event on August 28.


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He was stopped by a police officer in East Bergholt who discovered he had 45 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35mcg.

He then appeared in court on September 1, admitted the offence, and was given a temporary disqualification.

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However, Evans still got behind the wheel of his red Volvo again on September 4, this time with 81mcg of alcohol in his blood, more than twice the legal limit.

Nicky Pye, mitigating, said Evans had not realised he had been disqualified when he drove for the second time.

She said: “Here is a man who has reached the age of 70 with great character and then two incidents spoil it.

“He is not a man who would intentionally flout the law.

“He wasn't aware that he had a drink problem. He didn't see it spiralling or becoming a problem.

“His family had been so concerned that it was a family member who alerted the police that he had been drinking and driving.”

She added: “The family is totally aware now and are going to be watching him like a hawk.”

Evans, who pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified and drink driving at South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court, will now be sentenced on September 26 after a pre-sentence report has been prepared.

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