Ipswich learner driver caught drink-driving in Ford Focus he had no insurance for

Inspector Julian Ditcham breath tests a motorist

Inspector Julian Ditcham breath tests a motorist

A learner driver has had his provisional licence taken away after being caught drink-driving in a car he was not insurance to drive.

Josh Wyatt, of Bramford Road, Ipswich, pleaded guilty to three offences when he appeared before the town’s South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court.

The 27-year-old admitted drink-driving, using a motor vehicle without insurance, and driving otherwise in accordance with a licence.

Prosecutor David Bryant said Wyatt was stopped in a Ford Focus in Chevallier Street, Ipswich, at around 12.35am on July 10.

An officer spoke to him and could smell alcohol on his breath.

Wyatt was said to have been unsteady on his feet.

After a few failed attempts he eventually was able to provide a roadside breath test, which indicated a positive reading.

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The court was told the Ford Focus was not displaying L plates despite Wyatt being a learner driver.

A subsequent test on an intoximeter after his arrest showed he had 56 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35mcgs.

Mr Bryant said the car was not registered to Wyatt, but the owner was aware he had the vehicle and thought he was insured to drive it.

Wyatt said: “I realise that I made a mistake. I’m sorry for my actions.”

Magistrates disqualified Wyatt from driving for 14 months.

He was fined a total of £240 and ordered to pay £85 costs, as well as £30 to the victims’ fund.