Kesgrave drink-drivers, aged 80 and 31, banned from the road

Inspector Julian Ditcham with the Drager Alcotest used by Suffolk Constabulary.

Inspector Julian Ditcham with the Drager Alcotest used by Suffolk Constabulary.

An 80-year-old Kesgrave drink-driver has told a court he is ‘ashamed’ after losing the licence he has held for 60 years.

Peter Broughall, of Wilding Drive, pleaded guilty at South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court to driving while above the legal alcohol limit.

The offence occurred on June 20 after Broughall went to meet friends at a pub.

Prosecutor Wayne Ablett said Broughall was stopped by police at around 3.35pm after he was seen leave The Farmhouse on Grange Farm.

Officers had followed his Toyota Yaris for short distance and he was said to be driving slowly.

Broughall’s left indicator was on, but he took a right turn into Wilding Drive and was stopped.

A breath test showed Broughall had 52 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35mcgs.

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Broughall, representing himself, told the court he had met some friends unexpectedly while he was in The Farmhouse.

He added: “We enjoyed each other’s company and the consequences of that were I consumed more than I should have done.

“I’m ashamed of myself. I have had a driving licence for 60 years continuously. I’m extremely sorry. It’s entirely my own fault.”

Broughall was disqualified from driving for 12 months.

He was also fined £150 and ordered to pay £85 costs, as well as £30 to the victims’ fund.

In a separate case another Kesgrave drink-driver also lost his licence.

Neil Yarwood, of Nock Gardens, admitted the offence which occurred on June 18.

Police were behind the 31-year-old’s Vauxhall Vectra when it was stationary at red traffic lights in Crown Street, Ipswich.

The lights turned green, but Yarwood’s car did not pull away until it was beeped by another motorist.

The vehicle was stopped shortly afterwards.

A breath test showed Yarwood had 64mcgs of alcohol in 100mls of breath.

Magistrates banned him from the road for 17 months. He must also pay a total of £415 in fines and costs.