OAP cleared of drink-driving scooter

IPSWICH: A pensioner prosecuted for drink-driving his mobility scooter has had his conviction quashed - after embarrassed lawyers admitted they'd charged him with the WRONG offence.

IPSWICH: A pensioner prosecuted for drink-driving his mobility scooter has had his conviction quashed - after embarrassed lawyers admitted they'd charged him with the WRONG offence.

Thomas Clarke was given ten penalty points and slapped with a hefty fine after he was spotted falling from his motorised buggy after guzzling large vodkas.

But the 70-year-old was hauled back to court after Crown Prosecution Service solicitors were informed they'd got their law wrong - by an eagle-eyed Evening Star reader.

Mike Kent, a lawyer himself with Woodbridge firm Gross and Curjel, quickly realised the OAP had been convicted of a crime he could not legally commit.

Speaking afterwards, Clarke said: “It must be a comedian who writes the scripts in this court.”

See tonight's Evening Star for the full story and check later web editions for updates.

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