Man rode child's scooter while drunk

AN IPSWICH man who rode a child's scooter while drunk has been let off without punishment after admitting the offence in court.South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court heard that Alastar Filtness, 26, of Bader Close, was spotted by a police sergeant riding the scooter in Maryon Road in Ipswich.

AN IPSWICH man who rode a child's scooter while drunk has been let off without punishment after admitting the offence in court.

South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court heard that Alastar Filtness, 26, of Bader Close, was spotted by a police sergeant riding the scooter in Maryon Road in Ipswich.

Gareth Davies, prosecuting, said Filtness was spotted falling off the toy while riding it on the pavement.

The court heard the scooter in question was his nephew's and is capable of 8mph.

Mr Davies said: “The police officer stopped him and the defendant showed signs of intoxication.”

He was taken to a police station where he failed to provide a sample of breath for analysis.

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Filtness pleaded guilty to failing to provide a specimen and using a motor vehicle without insurance on February 14 this year.

District Judge David Cooper said: “I am going to grant an absolute discharge on both of these matters.

“I don't think any punishment should be imposed for it.

“Your licence will not be endorsed and you will not be disqualified from driving because of the nature of the vehicle.”

Filtness was not asked to contribute towards costs for the case.

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