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Pub landlord faces jail

PUBLISHED: 21:05 01 March 2002 | UPDATED: 11:27 03 March 2010

A SUFFOLK landlord is today facing the threat of jail after a police motorcyclist was injured in a road accident.

Gordon Thwaites, 50, of Melford Road, Sudbury, had almost three times the legal limit of alcohol in his breath after the accident last September.

A SUFFOLK landlord is today facing the threat of jail after a police motorcyclist was injured in a road accident.

Gordon Thwaites, 50, of Melford Road, Sudbury, had almost three times the legal limit of alcohol in his breath after the accident last September.

Today the landlord of the Bay Horse pub in Sudbury pleaded guilty to dangerous driving at Ipswich Crown Court.

The court heard that Thwaites had 122 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

Thwaites drove his J-registration Jaguar dangerously on the A1071 road between Hintlesham and Hadleigh on September 17 last year.

It was involved in a collision with police motorcyclist Pc Graham Amey – leaving him with a broken leg.

Thwaites' barrister said: "It is the excess alcohol which makes it dangerous. It is clearly a serious case. The possibility of custody is a real one."

He added there were a "number of character witnesses to be called" before Thwaites is sentenced.

Judge John Devaux disqualified Thwaites from driving in the interim and released him on conditional bail until March 25 when he is due to be sentenced. A pre-sentence report was ordered.


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