Ipswich double drink-driver banned after being three times the limit

Drink-driver in court

Drink-driver in court - Credit: PA

An Ipswich drink-driver has been banned from the road for 42 months after being caught over the limit for the second time in five years.

Lindsay King, of Willowcroft Road, was three times the limit when she was caught in her silver Vauxhall on August 9 in the road where she lived.

The 28-year-old pleaded guilty at South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court to driving a motor vehicle when above the alcohol limit.

Prosecutor Ian Devine told District Judge Celia Dawson that King also had a previous conviction for a similar offence in 2010.

The court heard police had received a report from a member of the public that a drink-driver was heading towards her home in Willowcroft Road at around 2.35am.

King was stopped while driving her Vauxhall Corsa.

She appeared unsteady on her feet and was given a roadside breath test which showed a positive reading.

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When she blew into an intoximeter at Martlesham police investigation centre the reading was 106 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35mcgs.

In mitigation King’s solicitor told the court his client had personal issues, family issues and debts relating to the breakdown of her marriage.

He said: “When under stress she resorts to drink.

“That is what really needs to be addressed.”

In addition to King’s 42-month driving ban, Judge Dawson sentenced her to a 12-month community order.

King was also ordered to pay a £150 criminal courts charges, a £60 victim surcharge and £85 prosecution costs.

• Another motorist also lost their licence in a separate hearing after admitting failing to give a breath specimen on July 25.

Marco Mendonca Afonso, of St Helen’s Street, Ipswich, was banned from driving for 24 months and must pay £511 in fines and costs.

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