Jail for habitual drink driver

A SUFFOLK man has been jailed for his fourth alcohol related driving conviction.Clive Woolf, of Fiddlers Lane, East Bergholt, has clocked up a staggering three drink driving convictions and one for failing to provide a specimen.

A SUFFOLK man has been jailed for his fourth alcohol related driving conviction.

Clive Woolf, of Fiddlers Lane, East Bergholt, has clocked up a staggering three drink driving convictions and one for failing to provide a specimen.

Jailing him for a total of four months for the two latest drink driving offences, magistrate Nicholas Ridley said: "Clearly you are a danger to yourself and a danger to others on the road."

Woolf, 40, who is an alcoholic, was also banned from driving for three years.


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He admitted drink driving after a single vehicle crash in Little Braxted, Essex, on September 29.

The court heard he was airlifted to hospital for treatment where a blood sample was taken.

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Ian Pells, prosecuting, said Woolf was found with 338 milligrammes in 100 millilitres of blood – four times the legal limit of 80 ml.

Woolf also admitted drink driving in Bergholt Road, Brantham, on November 25. Police stopped him because he was a disqualified driver.

Tests showed he was found to have 248 ml in 100 ml of blood – three times the legal drink drive limit.

He admitted to driving while he was disqualified and without insurance, both times.

The court heard he had previous convictions – one for drink driving in 1999 after driving from home to the railway station, and another for failing to provide a breath specimen.

Howard Catherall, mitigating, told the court Woolf had regularly attended Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and he voluntary attended St Clement's Hospital.

Mr Catherall said: "This is someone off his own back who has tried to deal with his problem but failed."

Dubbing it a "cry for help" he said Woolf was realistic about his sentence adding: "A prison sentence could help him dry out and help him deal with the addiction."

Magistrates sentenced Woolf to a total of four months – two months each for drink driving.

He was also sentenced to one month concurrently for the two driving while disqualified offences.

No separate penalty was given for driving without insurance.

Mr Ridley warned him: "Face up to the fact you are going to have to come back into the world again and deal with your alcohol problems."

The Evening Star is currently running its annual name and shame campaign to highlight drink drivers getting behind the wheel during the festive period.

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