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Jilted man banned from the road

PUBLISHED: 23:00 22 April 2004 | UPDATED: 04:47 02 March 2010

JILTED Craig Hilton is today banned from the road after he sat drinking a bottle of vodka while at the wheel of a car.

Hilton, 41, formerly of Hethersett Way, Red Lodge, but now living with his parents in Lawnswood Drive, Caister-On-Sea, Norfolk, pleaded guilty to a charge of being drunk while in charge of a motor vehicle.

JILTED Craig Hilton is today banned from the road after he sat drinking a bottle of vodka while at the wheel of a car.

Hilton, 41, formerly of Hethersett Way, Red Lodge, but now living with his parents in Lawnswood Drive, Caister-On-Sea, Norfolk, pleaded guilty to a charge of being drunk while in charge of a motor vehicle.

Hilton, the former general manager of the Chicago Rock Café in Ipswich, had separated from his wife hours before the offence.

Lesla Small, prosecuting, said that police officers were on routine duty in Norwich Road, Ipswich at about 2.40am on March 18 when they spotted Hilton sitting in a silver Vauxhall Astra.

The car was parked in a bus lay-by but the engine was running and Hilton was in the driver's seat.

The police noticed Hilton's "slurred speech" and made him take a breath test.

His reading was 94 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, nearly three times the legal limit of 35 mcgs and he was arrested and taken to Ipswich Police Station.

Roger Thomson, mitigating, told the court that Hilton had been a "social drinker" for the last three or four years. However, Hilton had never been involved in drink driving before and had no criminal record apart from a speeding offence that cost him six points on his driving licence.

Mr Thomson said: "On the day he was stopped he was separated from his wife and was drinking a bottle of vodka while sitting in a lay-by. He says he was very stressed out and very depressed.

"He has been driving for 20 years and never had an accident or made a claim on his insurance."

Mr Thomson stressed that Hilton was only sitting in the car and not driving it when police spotted him.

Bench chairwoman Fenella Blastland told Hilton: "You have no previous drink driving offences and we have noted your work and personal difficulties at the time, however, it still remains to sentence you for the offence."

She fined him £200, ordered him to pay £34 court costs and endorsed his driving licence with ten points.

As his licence already had six points on it, that meant he had exceeded 12 points and was therefore disqualified from driving for six months.

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