Four drink-drivers off the road

FOUR dangers to the public are today beginning motoring bans after being hauled up before magistrates for drink-driving.Jonathan Davies, of Shotley Gate, Grzegorz Mlodecki and Steve Poulson, both of Ipswich and Spencer Manthorpe of Leiston, all pleaded guilty to getting behind the wheel while drunk.

FOUR dangers to the public are today beginning motoring bans after being hauled up before magistrates for drink-driving.

Jonathan Davies, of Shotley Gate, Grzegorz Mlodecki and Steve Poulson, both of Ipswich and Spencer Manthorpe of Leiston, all pleaded guilty to getting behind the wheel while drunk.

South East Suffolk Magistrates' court heard that police officers were called to the home of 65-year-old Jonathan Davies on October 7 this year following a dispute involving his wife.

Lesla Small, prosecuting, said officers became aware Davies, of Tudor Close, Shotley Gate, had been drinking and he admitted to them he had driven under the influence of alcohol when picking up a meal from a Chinese takeaway.

He had damaged his Honda Accord on the return journey by mounting a grass verge.

A breath test recorded 88 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.

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The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.

Speaking in court Davies said: “I have no excuses whatsoever for drink driving.”

He was handed a 24-month driving ban, to be reduced by six months on successful completion of a drink-drive rehabilitation programme.

He was also fined £500 and ordered to pay costs of £43.

Meanwhile Polish national Grzegorz Mlodecki was banned for 16 months after being breathalysed by police following an accident in London Road Ipswich.

Mlodecki, 45, of Ranelagh Road, gave a reading of 63 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath following the accident which happened at around 10.30am on Sunday November 19.

The court heard that Mlodecki works night shifts at Tesco and his “evening” is the morning.

He had had a couple of drinks when he realised he needed some shopping but was shunted from behind while at a set of traffic lights on London Road.

As well as the driving ban, which will be reduced by four months on successful completion of a drink-drive rehabilitation programme, he was ordered to pay costs of £43.

Also up in court was Steve Poulson, 31, of Speedwell Road, Ipswich, who was banned for 16 months after giving a reading of 60 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath after his Peugeot 306 was stopped by police in Ranelagh Road, Ipswich, on November 26.

The court heard Poulson was pulled over after officers saw him leave the car park of the Lord Kitchener pub while the windows were still misted up.

Poulson's ban will be reduced by four months on successful completion of a drink-drive rehabilitation programme.

He was fined £220 and ordered to pay costs of £43.

Spencer Manthorpe, 31, of Beech Walk, Leiston, was also banned from driving for 20 months, to be reduced by five months on successful completion of a drink-drive rehabilitation programme, after magistrates heard a breath test recorded 71 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.

The court was told that Manthorpe was driving a Vauxhall Cavalier along the A12 towards Wickham Market at around 12.15am on Tuesday November 28 when he was subject to a routine stop check by police.

Manthorpe was fined £100 for drink driving, £40 for driving without a valid licence and was ordered to pay costs of £43.

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