Ipswich: Four more drink-drive menaces off our roads

IPSWICH: Another four motorists are today off our roads after being banned for drink driving.

At South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court yesterday the two men and two women heard their fate, and today they are named and shamed as part of The Evening Star’s Christmas drink-drive campaign.

All four pleaded guilty to the charges they faced and became the latest in a string of people to be caught during Suffolk police’s Christmas crackdown on drink-driving.

Rodolfo Leandro was found to be three-times the legal limit after a taxi driver spotted him driving erratically on the A14.

The 32-year-old of Wellington Street, Ipswich, was caught shortly after midnight on November 28 in Candlet Road, Felixstowe.

When officers stopped him he was found to have 111 microgrammes in 100 millilitres of breath, when the legal limit is 35mg.

In court the Portugese national admitted driving while over the alcohol limit.

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Representing himself Leandro said: “I regret my actions, it something that has never happened and never will again.”

Chair of the magistrates Barbara Bloomfield banned him from driving for 24 months, because of the high reading. He was also fined �250, ordered to pay a victim surcharge of �15 and costs of �85 to the court.

Meanwhile Viktoria Rayson, of Jeavons Lane, Kesgrave pleaded guilty to driving while over the alcohol limit at the court yesterday.

The 26-year-old was found more than two times the legal limit after crashing her car into a central island in Star Lane.

On Friday, October 1 police officers were called to the single-car crash, near to the Gardeners Arm pub, after being alerted by a member of the public.

The witness said he saw Mrs Rayson’s black Citroen C1 pull out into Star Lane, swerving between two lanes before striking the central island causing her tyres to burst. She carried on driving into traffic cones in the middle of roadworks nearby.

A roadside breath test was positive and a further test of her blood revealed she had 214 microgrammes in 100 millilitres of blood, the legal limit is 80mg.

But speaking for his client Michael Stephenson said an analysis of the blood sample obtained by Rayson had revealed 180mg in 100ml of blood and magistrates accepted the reading.

Mr Stephenson said his client was emotionally upset at the time of the incident for a number of reasons, including an argument with her husband.

He said the Ukranian national had driven into town for a drink, fully intending to get a taxi home. But when she realised she had forgotten her mobile phone she took the “worst course, making the wrong decision” to drive.

Rayson was disqualified for 20 months and fined �160. She was offered a drink-driving awareness course to reduce her ban by five months, and she was charged a �15 victim surcharge and �85 costs.

Repeat offender Hayley O’Sullivan, of Siloam Place also pleaded guilty to failing to provide a specimen when police officers stopped her on November 28.

The 27-year-old was reported to police by a member of the public after she was spotted stopping at green lights, taking a long time at roundabouts.

Police stopped O’Sullivan and arrested her after she refused a roadside breath test.

In 2007 she was also caught drink-driving.

Ms Bloomfield banned her for 40 months because of this was her second offence. She was also ordered to pay a fine of �300, a victim surcharge of �15 and costs of �85.

And David Clarke, of Old Norwich Road also admitted driving while under the influence of alcohol, using threatening words or behaviour and driving without a test certificate at magistrates yesterday.

He was caught at around 6.40pm in Kensington Road on November 28 after a day out with his partner and her son.

Officers spotted him driving at 45mph in the 30mph zone and stopped him.

The court heard how the 59-year-old got abusive towards officers shouting and swearing at them, although defending him Kevin McCarthy later said his client had got angry at the way police had handled the situation.

He was found to have 77mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath, the legal limit being 35mg.

Mr McCarthy said Clarke was “utterly, utterly ashamed of himself”, and that the death of his wife two years ago and three strokes he has suffered since have left him with a temper.

Magistrates banned him for 20 months and fined him �130 for drink-driving, �25 for using threatening words or behaviour, another �25 for driving without an MOT, a �15 victim surcharge and �85 costs.

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