One year driving ban for Kesgrave man

DEPRESSED Anthony Lomax who had a road accident after drinking has been banned from driving for a year.Lomax, 21, used his mother's Ford Focus Motability car for a short journey get a take-out before colliding with another vehicle in Kesgrave, South East Suffolk Magistrates were told.

DEPRESSED Anthony Lomax who had a road accident after drinking has been banned from driving for a year.

Lomax, 21, used his mother's Ford Focus Motability car for a short journey get a take-out before colliding with another vehicle in Kesgrave, South East Suffolk Magistrates were told.

Police routinely breath tested both drivers. But Lesla Small, prosecuting at the Ipswich courthouse said Lomax was found with 64 mcg alcohol in 100 ml of breath. The legal limit is 35 mcg.

The police, fire service and an ambulance attended the accident at 8pm on Saturday. Lomax, of Kesgrave, admitted drink driving.

Michael Stewart, mitigating, told the court Lomax had been having personal problems and was feeling particularly depressed.

He went out with friends on the Friday night.

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On the Saturday afternoon after work he met his parents in a pub and drunk just two pints of larger.

He returned home to Penryn Road and at 7.30 pm that night went out to collect a takeaway and had an accident in Penzance Road.

"Another vehicle travelling at high speed came out of the street in front of him (Lomax) and a collision occurred," said Mr Stewart. He said Lomax wasn't responsible for causing the accident.

The court heard Lomax was mystified by the reading because he had drunk so little on Saturday afternoon.

But he hadn't eaten since Thursday evening – because of the distress he was feeling – and thought it could have been a build up of alcohol in his system since Friday evening.

In sentencing bench chairman, David Rowe, told Lomax his year's driving ban would be reduced by three months if he successfully completes a driver's rehabilitation course.

Lomax was also ordered to a pay £200 fine and £55 costs. He declined to comment after the hearing.

Fire fighters from Princes Street and Colchester Road in Ipswich attended the accident and cut free a back seat passenger from the other car.

It was thought the young man, who was not wearing at seatbelt, was unconscious for a short time and suffered whiplash injuries.

He was taken to Ipswich Hospital with another male, but neither were thought to be seriously hurt.

Penzance Road has been widened recently to allow access for the Superoute bus.

Since the widening of the road residents living in the surrounding area as a race track by boy racers. They want speed bumps introduced to stop racing and prevent further accidents.

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