Felixstowe drink-driver crashed into wall of someone he knew

PUBLISHED: 10:10 11 September 2015

Drink-driver in court

Drink-driver in court

A drink-driver crashed into a wall while nearly twice the alcohol limit has been disqualified from driving for 18 months.

Craig Friston, 39, of Reedland Way, Felixstowe, admitted driving while above the legal alcohol limit, and driving with no insurance or valid MoT, when he appeared before South East Suffolk Magistrates Court in Ipswich.

The 39-year-old’s Ford Focus was arrested after colliding with a house wall in Runnacles Way, Felixstowe, just before 7.30am on August 19.

John Hughes, representing Friston, said: “He knows the person whose house he struck and has offered to assist with any minor work that might be required.”

Previously prosecutor Colette Harper had told the court that police were called to the accident by a member of the public.

Friston’s blue Focus had collided with a property and the caller believed the driver of the vehicle may have been drunk.

When police arrived they found the vehicle had left the road and was in a bush, having made contact with the wall.

Mrs Harper said: “Mr Friston stood opposite and said ‘you are going to arrest me for drink-driving’.”

Friston added he had only just bought the car.

A roadside breath test proved positive and a subsequent test showed he had 66 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35mcgs.

The court heard the collision had caused superficial damage to the property. Mrs Harper said the wall would just need some repairs to the rendering.

In addition to Friston’s driving ban the magistrates fined him a total of £275 for the three offences which he admitted.

He was also ordered to pay a £150 criminal courts charges as well as prosecution costs of £85.

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