Ipswich: Drink-driver ‘thought mulled wine was non-alcoholic’

SUFFOLK: Another drink driver is today starting a lengthy road ban after getting behind the wheel while over the limit.

Graham Yore is the latest in a long line of offenders to be named and shamed as part of The Evening Star’s Christmas and New Year drink drive campaign.

The 57-year-old was stopped by police on the A12 near Wickham Market on December 18 after officers spotted his vehicle “weaving” between lanes.

Yore, of Keeper’s Cottage, Yoxford, appeared at South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court yesterday and pleaded guilty to drink-driving.

Tess James, prosecuting, said: “The defendant was driving on the southbound carriageway of the A12 near Wickham Market.

“He was spotted weaving in and out of the lanes and was stopped by police who noticed that his breath smelt of alcohol.”

Yore was taken to Ipswich police station where a breath test showed he had 46 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal drink drive limit is 35 micrograms.

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Yore told the court: “I was on my way to work and had no indication that I was driving while under the influence of alcohol.

“I had been at a fundraising function earlier where I was given two glasses of mulled wine as a courtesy gesture.

“I was told it was non-

alcoholic – obviously it wasn’t.

“I also thought it would have absorbed through the system. I have been driving for 41 years and never been in trouble – I’ve never even been given a parking ticket.

“I’m proud of that record but I’m not proud of this.”

Yore was banned from driving for 12 months, fined �250 and ordered to pay costs of �100.

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