Five times drink driver facing jail

A DRINK driver who took to Ipswich streets while five times over the legal limit is facing a prison sentence.This week in court, was not the first time that Christopher Newman, of Locks Lane, Leavenheath, had been convicted of drink driving and he was branded 'an absolute danger' by the judge.

A DRINK driver who took to Ipswich streets while five times over the legal limit is facing a prison sentence.

This week in court, was not the first time that Christopher Newman, of Locks Lane, Leavenheath, had been convicted of drink driving and he was branded 'an absolute danger' by the judge.

The 49-year-old was pulled over by police as he drove down Valley Road at just after 11.30 in the morning on July 31.

At South east Suffolk Magistrates Court, Gareth Davies, prosecuting, said when the police pulled Newman over, they could smell the alcohol on his breath. Officers soon realised Newman's speech was slurred.

A breathalyser test revealed that Newman had 167mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath.

Newman pleaded guilty to the charge of driving while under the influence of excess alcohol.

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District Judge Reed said: "In 1998 you had a conviction for excess alcohol. In 2003, you have just pleaded guilty to the same thing.

"This is aggravated by the amount of alcohol in your blood. You were an absolute danger to yourself and to others."

He added that Newman was facing the possibility of a custodial sentence.

The case was adjourned, for sentencing to take place on August 26.

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