Motorists banned for drink-driving

THREE motorists are today starting bans from the road after being convicted of drink-driving in east Suffolk.

THREE motorists are today starting bans from the road after being convicted of drink-driving in east Suffolk.

A pub manager was caught drink driving just three days after passing her driving test, magistrates heard.

Nineteen-year-old Jade-Marika Parkins, who runs the Grundisburgh Dog near Woodbridge, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol on May 17 and South East Suffolk Magistrates' heard that she had passed her test on May 14 and had borrowed her mother's Peugeot 206 car to drive into Ipswich to see friends at the Fire & Ice nightclub.

Lesla Small, prosecuting, said police went to the NCP Car Park in Tacket Street after reports that a fight had broken out there. She said: “Police spoke to a man and he said the defendant had been drinking alcohol and was about to drive home. Officers followed her and stopped her vehicle in Norwich Road, she smelt of liquor.”


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Parkins, of The Green, Grundisburgh, had 59 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 micrograms.

Roger Stewart, mitigating, said his client had drunk just one large glass of wine but was of “slight” build and had not eaten.

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He said she was “devastated” at being over the limit and was well aware of the drink drive campaign due to her position as pub manager.

Magistrates' disqualified Parkins from driving for the minimum term of 12 months and said if she completed the Drink Drivers Rehabilitation Course she would get her licence back three months earlier.

She was fined £150, told to pay £80 costs and her licence was endorsed.

An Ipswich builder will have to find a new way to get to work after being banned for drink driving.

Robert Spall drove the short distance from the Belstead Arms public house to his home in Sheldrake Drive while over the limit South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court heard.

Lesla Small, prosecuting, said an anonymous caller informed the police that the 55-year-old regularly drank at the pub and then drove home.

At about 5pm on May 11 police stopped Spall in his Ford Escort car outside his house and carried out a roadside breath test. Spall was just over the legal limit so was offered a blood test at the police station.

He had 110 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. The legal limit is 80 milligrams.

Spall pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol.

Roger Stewart, mitigating, said Spall drove to London everyday to work. He said: “He recognises that he will be disqualified as a result of this and will have to reorganise his life because of transport.”

Magistrates' disqualified Spall from driving for the minimum period of 12 months and said the ban would be reduced by three months if he completed the Drink Drivers Rehabilitation Course.

Spall was fined £300, told to pay £80 costs and his licence was endorsed.

A bricklayer who was caught drink driving has lost his licence.

Patrick Andrews pleaded guilty to driving a Mitsubishi pick-up with excess alcohol in Charles Street, Ipswich, on May 28. He had 60 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.

Andrews, 41, of Kinlett Close, Highwoods, Colchester was disqualified from driving for 12 months but the sentenced would be reduced to nine months if he completed the Drink Drivers Rehabilitation Course.

He was fined £300, told to pay £80 costs and his licence was endorsed.

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