Felixstowe man attempting to stop a friend drink-driving ends up in court for being drunk and disorderly

Ipswich Crown Court

Ipswich Crown Court - Credit: Archant

A young man who got into a heated argument with a friend while trying to prevent him from drink-driving has ended up in court for being drunk and disorderly.

Hadyn Rowlandson, of Fen Meadow, Trimley St Mary, pleaded guilty to the charge when he appeared before South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court.

The offence occurred at 3.40am on December 21 in Hamilton Road, Felixstowe.

Prosecutor Colette Harper said Rowlandson was seen arguing with another man. As a police approached them Rowlandson threw a bottle to the ground which smashed in front of the officer.

They tried to calm him down, but the 22-year-old stormed past the officers and punched a shop window.


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Mrs Harper said Rowlandson’s fists were clenched and he told police: “You ain’t arresting me. I ain’t calming down.”

The court heard Rowlandson then told police he was trying to stop a friend from drink-driving.

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Rowlandson, representing himself, said his friend would not listen to him despite being told numerous times he was not going to allow him to drink and drive.

Rowlandson, who had a previous conviction in December 2012 for being drunk and disorderly and a caution for the same offence in 2011, also told the court police would not listen to anything he said.

He was ordered to pay a total of £155 in fines and costs.

In an unrelated case in the same court, David Faith, of Benhall Green, Benhall, near Saxmundham, also pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly in St Stephen’s Lane, Ipswich, on December 20.

Police were told the 29-year-old had been ejected from Vodka Revolution and was attempting to get back in.

Faith allegedly told an officer “I know whose payroll you are on”, before hitting the side of the officer’s hat, the court was told.

He then became aggressive and began hurling abuse, before hitting the side of the police constable’s hat and pushing officers.

Although Faith was warned numerous times he continued behaving in the same manner.

The court heard that after his arrest and when he had sobered up, Faith broke down in tears when told what he had done.

He told the court he was sorry for his actions.

Faith was also ordered to pay fines and costs totalling £155.

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