Teenage drink-driver who crashed into a fence in Felixstowe gets driving ban

Drink driver in court

Drink driver in court - Credit: Archant

A teenage drink-driver who crashed his car in Felixstowe has been banned from the road for 14 months.

Alvaro Cuevas Moreno, of Beach Caravan Park, Walton Avenue, Felixstowe, pleaded guilty to drink-driving when he appeared before South East Suffolk Magistrates Court in Ipswich.

Prosecutor Colette Harper said the incident occurred at 5.40am on July 12. Police were called to attend Grange Farm in Felixstowe in relation to screeching and banging being heard.

As an officer was travelling towards Morrison’s he took a left-hand bend and saw a collision had occurred involving a Ford Focus opposite the junction with Reynolds Court.

Magistrates were told there was extensive damage to the vehicle on the front and offside, and also to a fence.

The officer was flagged down by a man and it became clear the defendant was the driver and he had been drinking, said Mrs Harper.

Both men spoke little English as they were Spanish.

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Cuevas Moreno was spoken to and was sitting on the grass verge crying.

A subsequent breath test showed he had 43 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35mcgs.

Cuevas Moreno, 19, represented himself speaking through a Spanish interpreter.

He told the court he worked at Felixstowe docks and the car belonged to his sister who lives in Spain.

Asked why he had been driving after drinking he said: “I went to drop off a friend.”

Magistrates banned the teenager from driving for 14 months.

He was also given a £400 fine and ordered to pay a £40 victim surcharge, £85 costs and a £150 criminal courts charge.

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