Jilted groom caught drink-driving

A MAN who drove while drunk said he did so because of a downward spiral after his fiancé called off his wedding moments before the ceremony.Police officers caught Steven Hutchinson driving on the wrong side of the road without any lights on through Ipswich town centre at 3.

A MAN who drove while drunk said he did so because of a downward spiral after his fiancé called off his wedding moments before the ceremony.

Police officers caught Steven Hutchinson driving on the wrong side of the road without any lights on through Ipswich town centre at 3.55am on April 9.

The 33-year-old, of Heatherhayes, Ipswich, pleaded guilty to charges of drink driving and driving without insurance.

Michael Stephenson, prosecuting, said: “Officers on duty in uniform saw the car driven the wrong way along Old Foundry Road without lights on.


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“It stopped outside the Temptation restaurant. They pulled in front of him and took a breath test.”

The test showed he had 75micrograms of alcohol in every 100mililitres of breath. The legal limit is 35micrograms.

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Neil Saunders, mitigating, said: “This is entirely out of character. He has been having difficulties which started when his fiancé called off their wedding moments before it was to occur.

“He has not been right since. It has even affected his work.

“On the night in question he had a lack of judgement. The emotional stress caused from this case has been immense and he accepts he will lose his licence and faces a hefty fine.”

Hutchinson was banned from driving for 20 months, made to pay £43 court costs, fined £250 and made to pay a £15 victim surcharge.

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