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Suffolk man's drink-drive shame

PUBLISHED: 13:00 24 December 2001 | UPDATED: 11:04 03 March 2010

A WOODBRIDGE man was depressed when he got behind the wheel of a car after he had been drinking, a court heard.

Robert Eagle, of Girton Close, admitted at South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court to being nearly four times over the legal limit while making a one-minute journey to buy groceries.

A WOODBRIDGE man was depressed when he got behind the wheel of a car after he had been drinking, a court heard.

Robert Eagle, of Girton Close, admitted at South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court to being nearly four times over the legal limit while making a one-minute journey to buy groceries.

The court heard the 55-year-old, who has recently split with his wife, was driving his Citroen car along Old Barrack Road when he was stopped by police in November.

David Taylor, prosecuting, said a breath test revealed 132 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 mcgs.

Mark Holt, mitigating, said jobless Eagle – who was visibly shaking in court – was suffering from clinical depression and as a consequence his marriage failed.

Before the offence was committed he had drunk around half a bottle of whisky and had another drink the next morning at about 6 am.

Five hours later he took to the road.

"He didn't believe himself to be subject to the affects of the alcohol at that time," said Mr Holt.

"He made a short journey to the shop. Often it is a journey he walks but on the day in question he wanted to get groceries."

He added Eagle had never had a criminal conviction before and held a driving licence for the past 37 years without any problems.

Magistrates said it was a "phenomenally" high reading and ordered reports with all options open before Eagle is sentenced on January 15.

Also to be sentenced on the same date is Povilas Vickvotis, of Jermyns Road, Reydon, Southwold, who was spotted driving erratically on the A12/A14 at Martlesham on December 15.

The court heard that police stopped him after he was seen mounting the curb and weaving in and out of the lane.

A police breath test revealed 117 mcgs alcohol in 100 mls of breath.

The 23-year-old double glazing worker, who admitted drink driving, was given an interim driving ban before he appears for sentence at the Elm Street Courthouse, in Ipswich.


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