Shameful boozing four banned from roads

SUFFOLK: Four shame-faced motorists are today banned from the road for drink-driving - including one who crashed his car while nearly four times the legal limit.

Anthony Bond

BY ANTHONY BOND

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SUFFOLK: Four shame-faced motorists are today banned from the road for drink-driving - including one who crashed his car while nearly four times the legal limit.

The men all pleaded guilty to drink-driving at South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court in Ipswich yesterday.

One of those was 45-year-old Kevin Harvey, of Croft Street, Ipswich, who wrote off his car after boozing in the pub on January 8.

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The court heard the bricklayer had gone to the local after getting into an argument with his partner. He later crashed his Ford Mondeo into a wall in Belstead Avenue, Ipswich.

After he was arrested, he was found to have 123microgrammes of alcohol in 100millitres of breath - almost four times the legal limit of 35mg.

John Hughes, representing Harvey, said: “He is stunned by his behaviour and his whole family are.”

Harvey was given a 12-month community order and was banned from driving for two-and-a-half years.

Also in court was Andrew Cutting, 46, of Hocket Crescent, in Tunstall, near Woodbridge. He was arrested by police at 12.15am on November 21 on the B1084 in Sudbourne, near Woodbridge.

Cutting, who works as a kitchen porter, was found to have 87mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood - the legal limit is 80mg. He was banned from driving for one year and was told to pay �200 in fines and costs.

Edgararas Karpavicius, 20, of Wherstead Road, Ipswich, is also off the roads today. He was arrested on November 23 after he was pulled over by police officers in Bramford Road, Ipswich.

He was found to have 88mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood. Karpavicius was banned from driving for 12 months and given fines and charges of �400.

Also banned yesterdaywas 62-year-old Bryan Doyle, of Grange Road, Felixstowe.

He was arrested on December 21 at 1.45pm in Main Road, Kesgrave, and after being breathalysed was found to have 52mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath.

Doyle told the court that his behaviour had been “irresponsible” and “shameful”. He was banned from driving for 12 months and told to pay �200 in fines and costs.

Is enough being done to prevent drink-driving? Write to Your Letters, The Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or send us an e-mail to eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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