Motorist convicted of drink-driving for second time after doing 91mph at night on the A14 at Sproughton

Drink-driver banned for second time

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A motorist has been convicted of drink-driving for the second time in three years after travelling more than 90mph at night on the A14 at Sproughton.

Christopher Byne’s Toyota Corolla was clocked doing 91mph by police when he was more than one-and-a-half times the drink-drive limit.

The 28-year-old pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol when he appeared before South East Suffolk Magistrates Court.

The incident occurred at around 10pm on December 18.

Prosecutor Colette Harper said officers saw Byne’s Toyota speeding along the dual carriageway and stopped the vehicle. After smelling alcohol they gave Byne a breath test which proved positive.

A further breath test showed he had 59 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal alcohol limit is 35mcgs.

The court was told Byne’s previous drink-drive conviction was on November 29, 2011.

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At that hearing he was offered a drink-drive rehabilitation course for which he received a discount on his sentence.

As Byne had taken up the option once before it could not be offered to him for a second time.

District Judge Celia Dawson disqualified Byne, of Coldham Lane, Gislingham, near Eye, from driving for 36 months.

He was also fined £500 and ordered to pay £50 to the victims’ fund and £85 costs.

In a separate case before the same court a tree surgeon admitted driving while nearly three times the drink-drive limit.

Jason Clark, of Undercliff Road West, Felixstowe, was caught in the road where he lives on December 20. At the time he was driving a Y-registration VW Passat.

The court heard he had 100 mcgs of alcohol in 100mls of breath.

The 34-year-old’s case was adjourned until January 12 for a pre-sentence report.

District Judge Dawson gave Clark an interim driving ban before releasing him on unconditional bail.

An arrest warrant was issued for another man who failed to appear in court after being charged with drink-driving and having no motor insurance.

Paulius Stasiunas, of Wynterton Close, Ipswich, allegedly had 69 mcgs of alcohol in 100 mls of breath on December 21.

The 25-year-old’s BMW was in Mill Lane, Felixstowe when the alleged offence occurred.