Prosecution worker caught drink driving

A SUFFOLK Crown prosecution worker has resigned his post after he was caught drink driving.Joshua Ripman - who worked as a casual CPS employee since October - appeared before magistrates in Ipswich on Tuesday where he admitted driving after boozing.

A SUFFOLK Crown prosecution worker has resigned his post after he was caught drink driving.

Joshua Ripman - who worked as a casual CPS employee since October - appeared before magistrates in Ipswich on Tuesday where he admitted driving after boozing.

He was driving a Renault Clio car, which overturned in a field off the A12 at Bucklesham near the slip road from the A14 heading towards Martlesham, just before 7am on Thursday, January 8.

A breath test reading showed 51 mcg in 100 ml of breath - the legal limit is 35 mcg.


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Ripman, 21, of Manor Road, Woodbridge, had worked as a casual A(1) worker - an administrative grade where work includes filing and photocopying.

He was banned from driving for a year and fined £250 and ordered to pay £60 prosecution costs.

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After the case, CPS spokesman Colin Bennett said the CPS must "take a firm view about any criminal offence committed by an employee which is subject to disciplinary action for permanent staff.

He added: "For casual employees such as Joshua, a conviction for a drink driving offence is inconsistent with future employment and the CPS has with much regret, accepted his resignation."

Mr Bennett described Ripman's placement at the CPS before his conviction as "very productive."

He said Ripman had wanted the work experience to learn more about the law and the prosecution service during his year in industry as part of his university degree.

Ripman is the latest to be named and shamed by The Evening Star after getting behind the wheel of a car after drinking.

Also appearing in court for drink driving was a 17-year-old Ipswich youth, who cannot be named for legal reasons.

The provisional driver admitted the charge after he was stopped after driving a Vauxhall Astra on Waterworks Street. He was found with 53 mcg in 100 ml of breath.

Prosecutor John Hardwick said the teenager had no previous drink driving convictions.

The youngster admitted driving while disqualified and driving without insurance on December 20.

Ian Duckworth, mitigating, told the court it was "a very stupid decision on his part" adding the youth got rid of the vehicle a couple of days later.

He said the youngster's father had been in custody before adding despite his background he was "quite pleasant, quite intelligent and quite articulate and has got potential."

Magistrates rejected an application by The Evening Star to name the youth. Bench chairman Jim Wyllie said the youngster had reached a "crossroads in his life" and it was more beneficial for him not to be named.

The youth was disqualified from driving for a year.

He was also ordered to complete a 60 hour community punishment order within a rehabilitation order of one year.

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