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First drink drivers named and shamed

PUBLISHED: 15:05 06 December 2001 | UPDATED: 10:59 03 March 2010

TWO men are starting motoring bans today after admitting to drink-driving on Suffolk roads.

They are the first people to be named and shamed in this year's Evening Star campaign against those who get behind the wheel when over the limit.

TWO men are starting motoring bans today after admitting to drink-driving on Suffolk roads.

They are the first people to be named and shamed in this year's Evening Star campaign against those who get behind the wheel when over the limit.

The two men received their bans at individual hearings at South East Suffolk Magistrates Court yesterday after they both pleaded guilty to driving when over the legal limit for alcohol.

Felixstowe dock worker Stephen Boyes was involved in an accident on the A14 at Copdock on Sunday afternoon.

His Ford Grenada was involved in a three car crash on the eastbound carriageway.

A breath test by police after the accident revealed the 38-year-old, of Burns Road, Ipswich, was twice the legal limit for alcohol – measuring 78 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35mcgs.

Roger Pinfold, prosecuting, told the court Boyes was seen gesturing at a motorist he was overtaking moments before the accident.

Boyes, representing himself, said he had drunk four cans of lager while watching football that day but did not think he was over the limit.

He said he was "devastated by this" and would probably lose his job.

Magistrates banned him from driving for two years and fined him £200. He was also ordered to pay £35 prosecution costs. He was told the ban could be reduced by six months if he completes a drink-driving rehabilitation course.

Earlier in the day 29-year-old Alan Haksic was banned from driving for 12 months.

The technical analyst, of Canterbury Close, Ipswich, was stopped by police on Sir Alf Ramsey Way at about 1.40am on Saturday after turning into the road near the town's football stadium in Portman Road.

After the smell of alcohol was detected on his breath a test was carried out by police offices revealing Haksic measured 47mcgs of alcohol in 100mls of breath.

Representing himself, Haksic said he was unaware that he had consumed enough alcohol to be over the limit.

On top of the ban he was fined £200 and ordered to pay £35 costs. He was also told the ban could be reduced by 25 per cent if a course is completed.

The courts also banned Sarah Spearing, of Waveney Road, Ipswich, after she was caught driving when nearly three times the drink-drive limit.

Police stopped the 28-year-old Fiat driver on West End Road, Ipswich at about 8.50pm last Friday >, after she was seen to be swerving.

A breath test revealed she measured 95mcgs in 100mls of breath. She was banned for two years, fined £300 and ordered to pay £35 costs.

The Evening Star Name and Shame Campaign is in its sixth year and again aims to report everybody prosecuted and convicted of drink-driving in Suffolk courts in December and January.

Suffolk police have backed the campaign, a spokesman said: "We support any initiative that is designed to prevent drink-driving."


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