Hungry drunk driver banned

A HUNGRY 61-year-old drove to the shops drunk to buy bread rolls because his cupboards were empty at home.Gordon Macrae admitted he had consumed five pints of bitter before returning to his home in Canham Street, Ipswich, on May 31 this year.

A HUNGRY 61-year-old drove to the shops drunk to buy bread rolls because his cupboards were empty at home.

Gordon Macrae admitted he had consumed five pints of bitter before returning to his home in Canham Street, Ipswich, on May 31 this year.

But when he got home he became hungry and once realising he had no food at home he drove to a shopping precinct in Hawthorn Drive and crashed into another car.

Macrae pleaded guilty to a charge of drink driving at South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court on Wednesday .


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Gareth Davies, prosecuting, said: “Police were directed to the shopping precinct where there was an irate lady standing next to Mr Macrea's car.

“She had her driver's door open and appeared to be holding on to him.

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“She told the officer he had driven into the car park and crashed into her car. He was breathalysed and arrested.”

The reading showed Macrea had 95 micrograms in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 micrograms.

Macrea, in his own mitigation, said: “I have been an extremely careful driver over the last 30 years.

“Last Friday I walked to Mannings on the Cornhill and had five pints of bitter.

“I walked home and felt hungry and went to the cupboard but it was out of food.

“I drove to Chantry Co-op to buy rolls. I was too lazy to walk.”

Macrae was disqualified from driving for 24 months, fined £170, made to pay a £15 victim surcharge, and £55 court costs.

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