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Job on the line for drink-driver

PUBLISHED: 10:20 03 February 2002 | UPDATED: 15:25 03 March 2010

DRINK-DRIVER Kevin Vaughan was nearly three-times the legal limit for alcohol when he took to the Ipswich roads.

The father-of-two was stopped by police near the town's Greyfriars roundabout after he refused to give way and swerved in the road.

DRINK-DRIVER Kevin Vaughan was nearly three-times the legal limit for alcohol when he took to the Ipswich roads.

The father-of-two was stopped by police near the town's Greyfriars roundabout after he refused to give way and swerved in the road.

A breath test revealed the 44-year-old had 103 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35mcgs.

Vaughan, of St Agnes Way, Kesgrave, could now lose his job as a test shop manager for a large company - a job that sees him drive about 20,000 miles a year.

At magistrates court in Ipswich Vaughan pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol and was sentenced to a community punishment order.

Ian Pells, prosecuting, said Vaughan was stopped by police at 1.15am on Sunday, January 20.

"Two police officers going back to Ipswich Police Station were at Greyfriars roundabout and expected the defendant to give way and he didn't.

"They noticed he swerved several times, almost hitting the kerb," said Mr Pells.

Tony Smyth, in mitigation, said his client was "desperately ashamed" to be in court and normally made alternative arrangements to get home after socialising.

In a statement from Vaughan's employers he was described as a hard working, reliable and an exemplary member of staff.

Mr Smyth added that in 27 years of driving Vaughan had no previous convictions.

He was sentenced to an 80-hour community punishment order and banned from driving for two years. If he completes a drink-driving rehabilitation course the ban could be reduced by six months.

N The Evening Star Name and Shame campaign aims to report on all those who are convicted of drink-driving in Ipswich courts for offences committed in December 2001 and January this year.

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