Felixstowe drink-driver jailed after being found nearly six times alcohol limit in fast food car park

John Urchin

John Urchin - Credit: Archant

A motorist who was nearly six times the drink-drive limit has been jailed after being found asleep in a Felixstowe fast-food restaurant car park.

John Urchin, of Sea Road, Felixstowe, blew one of the highest known intoximeter readings in Suffolk after being arrested.

The 46-year-old was jailed for 18 weeks when he pleaded guilty at South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court to driving a motor vehicle when above the alcohol limit.

A breath test showed the forklift truck driver had 194 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35mcgs.

The offence took place on April 20.


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It occurred at McDonalds restaurant in Walton Avenue between 6pm and 7.18pm, according to police.

Officers were called after Urchin had asked someone to meet him at the restaurant. However, when they went up to Urchin’s silver Renault Clio they were reported to have found him drunk and slumped over the steering wheel.

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Staff at McDonalds were alerted and police were called.

When officers approached Urchin’s parked car they saw him sitting in the driver’s seat asleep and with his head down.

They got him out of the car and could smell alcohol on his breath. The keys were in the ignition, but the engine was not running.

An empty bottle of wine was found on the front passenger seat.

Urchin is said to have told a police officer he had driven to the restaurant from The Dolphin public house in Beach Station Road, Felixstowe.

A roadside breath test indicated he was more than four times the legal alcohol limit.

By the time Urchin was asked to blow into the intoximeter at Martlesham police investigation centre following his arrest the reading was 194 mcgs.

In addition to his jail term, Urchin was also disqualified from driving for 38 months.

He must also pay a £150 criminal courts charge and was ordered to pay £80 to the victims’ fund.

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