Ipswich drink-driving company director did 94mph on A14, court told

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A company director has lost his licence after admitting drink-driving while travelling at 94mph on the A14.

Martin Clarke, of Neptune Square, Ipswich, pleaded guilty when he appeared before South East Suffolk Magistrates Court to speeding and driving while above the legal alcohol limit on August 7.

Prosecutor Lucy Miller said a police officer had seen the 50-year-old travelling at speed in a Jaguar at 8.55am on the Bury St Edmunds-bound A14 at Haughley. His speed was recorded as 94mph.

After the vehicle was stopped at Elmswell Clarke was given a roadside breath test which indicated a positive reading.

He was taken to Bury St Edmunds police investigation centre where another breath test showed he had 52 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35mcgs.

Clarke already had six points on his licence from two endorsements in 2013.

The court was told Clarke, a director of Clarke’s of Walsham, was extremely remorseful.

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Clarke was disqualified from driving for 16 months. He was also fined £775 for drink-driving and £100 for speeding.

In addition he was ordered to pay £85 prosecution costs, a £150 criminal courts charge and £77 to the victims’ fund.

In a separate case Daniele Aldegheri, of Pannington Hall Lane, Wherstead, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol.

Police smelled alcohol on the 40-year-old’s breath when his Volkswagen Bora was stopped in the area of Stoke Bridge and Vernon Street on November 12.

A breath test showed he had 70mcgs of alcohol in 100mls of breath.

Speaking through an Italian interpreter Aldegheri said: “I have made a mistake. I have been stupid. I’m very sorry.”

Aldegheri was disqualified from driving for 17 months. He was also fined £275 and ordered to pay costs of £85, a criminal courts charge of £150, and £28 to the victims’ fund.