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Porsche drink driver banned

PUBLISHED: 20:18 07 May 2002 | UPDATED: 11:52 03 March 2010

A FIVE minutes spin in a sports car cost a man his driving licence after he pleaded guilty to drink driving.

But Paul Grimsey, 30, could be driving again next weekend as he currently lives and works in Australia.

A FIVE minutes spin in a sports car cost a man his driving licence after he pleaded guilty to drink driving.

But Paul Grimsey, 30, could be driving again next weekend as he currently lives and works in Australia.

Grimsey admitted driving his friend's T-registration Porsche while over the limit after police stopped him in Hadleigh in the early hours of Saturday morning .

Magistrates handed him a two-year ban from driving in the UK, but he will keep his Australian driving license.

Gareth Davies, prosecuting at South East Suffolk Magistrates Court in Ipswich, said Grimsey had been routinely stopped by police in Highlands Road, Hadleigh.

He said: "Special Constable Rose was on duty and saw the Porsche being driven in a number of roads in Hadleigh.

"He could smell alcohol on the breath of the defendant and he was taken to Ipswich police station to provide a sample."

A breath test provided a figure of 91 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood, more than twice the legal limit of 35mcg.

Mr Davies said that Grimsey spent the night in the cells at Ipswich police station as he is due to return to Australia on Thursday .

David Hutson, for Grimsey, said: "The only aggravating feature in this case is the high reading. He was going home for the evening, which was just a five-minute drive away. He borrowed his friend's car and accepts he shouldn't have been driving. He said that he felt all right to drive and no accident occurred.

"He lives in Australia and is due to return later in the week. It is a high reading but there are no other aggravating features."

Grimsey, a surveyor, also pleaded guilty to having no insurance. Charges of having no MOT and no driving licence were dropped.

Magistrates took into account the prompt guilty plea and fined Grimsey £250, with £55 costs.

Grimsey, who gave his parents address of Gaell Crescent, Hadleigh was given no separate penalty for having no insurance.


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