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East Bergholt drink-driver crashed after consuming four pints, five rums and five shots, court told

13 June, 2017 - 07:00
South east Suffolk magistrates' Court in Ipswich. File picture: GREGG BROWN

South east Suffolk magistrates' Court in Ipswich. File picture: GREGG BROWN

An uninsured drink-driver who consumed four pints, five rums, three Sambucas and two Jagerbombs before damaging three cars in an accident has lost his licence.

Drink-driver Dominic Ranoe-HallDrink-driver Dominic Ranoe-Hall

Ipswich magistrates heard when police asked Dominic Ranoe-Hall – who was more than three times the limit - how drunk he was on a scale of one to 10, he replied 10.

Ranoe-Hall, of Elm Estate, East Bergholt, pleaded guilty when he appeared before South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court to drink-driving in Brantham on May 21 and driving a friend’s Vauxhall Corsa without insurance.

A breath test showed he had 117 microgrammes of alcohol in his breath at the time. The legal limit is 35mcgs.

Prosecutor Colette Harper said three vehicles were damaged in an accident in Brooklands Road, New Village, Brantham at 1.20am.

When police arrived they noticed a Ford Fiesta had been hit from behind and was wedged against a tree at a property in the road.

A blue VW Golf was also damaged and it had been in contact with a red Rover.

Officers notice there was a white Vauxhall Corsa further up the road.

A female passenger in the Corsa was spoken to.

The woman had an injury under her right eye and a bruised hand.

She told police her friend Ranoe-Hall was in a nearby house.

He was found sitting on a sofa in the property, and appeared dazed and smelt strongly of alcohol.

It was said initially he believed the insurance he had for his own Peugeot covered him to drive the Corsa. However, it only covered the Peugeot.

Magistrates heard in his police interview Ranoe-Hall said he had been to a party at Brantham social club where he consumed four pints, five rums, three Sambucas and two Jagerbombs.

He also told an officer on a scale of one to ten in terms of drunkenness he was a 10.

Ranoe-Hall said he had permission to drive his female friend’s car, but did not know why he had done so.

Ranoe-Hall, representing himself, said: “It was an absolute mistake on my part. I apologise to everyone who has been involved.”

He was disqualified from driving for 28 months and given a 12-month community order with 180 hours’ unpaid work.

He must also pay a total of £515 in costs, a fine and a surcharge.

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