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Festive folly lands driver in jail

PUBLISHED: 21:12 30 January 2002 | UPDATED: 15:24 03 March 2010

DRINK driver Luis Marreiros has been given a three-month prison sentence after admitting that he took to the road while already banned and having drunk more than twice the legal limit.

DRINK driver Luis Marreiros has been given a three-month prison sentence after admitting that he took to the road while already banned and having drunk more than twice the legal limit.

In the early hours of Christmas Day, the 31-year-old Portuguese national was pulled over in Crown Street, Ipswich and produced a reading of 77 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35mcg.

At South East Suffolk Magistrates Court, he pleaded guilty to charges of driving a motor vehicle with alcohol above the legal limit and driving while disqualified.

In addition to the prison sentence, Marrieros was also banned from driving for two years for driving with excess alcohol.

He elected to undertake a drink drive rehabilitation course, which will reduce his ban by three months upon successful completion.

Marreiros, a factory worker of Dillwyn Street, Ipswich, was in custody for the Christmas Day offence, having been handed an interim driving ban on Saturday December 22, when he appeared in court for failing to produce a specimen earlier that morning when suspected of drink driving. He was banned from driving for 18 months for that offence. This and his latest ban will run concurrently.

Days before the December 22 incident, Marreiros had also appeared at South East Suffolk Magistrates Court and pleaded not guilty to drink driving on August 18.

He will reappear in court on February 7 to answer charges over the August 18 incident.

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