Felixstowe/Saxmundham: Drink-driver rolled car and then told police to arrest him

FELIXSTOWE/SAXMUNDHAM: Drink driver Alexander Green is banned from the road today after rolling his car and then telling police “you might as well arrest me, I’ve been drinking”.

Green was one of two drink drivers to lose their licence after appearing before South East Suffolk Magistrates Court.

Their cases came in a week when The Evening Star launched its Christmas anti-drink drive name and shame campaign.

And today Suffolk Constabulary also kicks-off its drink-drive crackdown for the festive period.

The court heard Green, of School Road, Knodishall, near Saxmundham, rang 999 to call police after his Renault Clio had overturned.

The crash occurred around 12.30am on November 16 on the B1125, between Westleton and Blythburgh.

Prosecutor Collette Griffiths said as well as telling officers at the scene “you might as well arrest me, I’ve been drinking”, the self-employed electrician also admitted to consuming six or seven pints.

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A breath test showed Green had 93 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 mcgs.

The court heard Green had called police because he realised his car was in a dangerous position and another vehicle could run into it.

District Judge David Cooper told Green: “This is a huge reading. You had obviously drunk far too much and you were a danger to the public.”

Green was disqualified from driving for 24 months and fined �750 after admitting drink driving.

He was also ordered to pay �85 costs and a �15 government surcharge.

Meanwhile, Adrian Taylor, of Manor Terrace, Felixstowe has also been banned after being caught drink driving for a second time.

The 35-year-old pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol, having no MoT, and possession of cannabis.

The court heard Taylor was stopped by police in his Peugeot 406 at 12.20am on November 20 in Russell Road, Felixstowe.

A subsequent breath test showed he had 52 mgs of alcohol in 100 mls of breath.

District Judge Cooper was told Taylor had previously been convicted of drink driving in 2000.

Taylor was disqualified from driving for 12 months. He fined a total of �425, as well as being ordered to pay �85 costs and a �15 government surcharge.

The Evening Star has pledged to cover as many cases as possible which come before Ipswich magistrates involving motorists who are caught drink driving between today and January 1.

Has your life been affected by a drink driver? E-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk or write to Star Letters, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN.

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