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Third drink-drive charge in five months

PUBLISHED: 18:02 27 December 2001 | UPDATED: 15:22 03 March 2010

SHAMED Luis Marreiros is still behind bars today after being locked up over Christmas when he was stopped by police for drink driving.

It is the third time the 31-year-old factory worker has been caught for the same offence in just a few months.

SHAMED Luis Marreiros is still behind bars today after being locked up over Christmas when he was stopped by police for drink driving.

It is the third time the 31-year-old factory worker has been caught for the same offence in just a few months.

Marreiros was already banned from the road when he got behind the wheel on Christmas Day while twice the legal drink drive limit, magistrates in Ipswich heard yesterday.

Appearing at South East Suffolk Magistrates Court the defendant, from Dillwyn Street, Ipswich, admitted drink driving and driving while disqualified on Christmas Day and failing to answer bail on Christmas Eve.

He had been before magistrates on Saturday, barely four days ago, when he was charged with failing to provide a specimen of breath in connection with an allegation of drink driving earlier that day. Marreiros denied the charge but had still been under an interim ban for driving over the festive period, the court heard.

Referring to the Christmas Day incident, Ros Jones, prosecuting, told the court that police officers spotted an F-Reg car in the town's Crown Street at 1am and recognised the driver to be Marreiros.

"They followed the vehicle and noticed that the driver had difficulty maintaining a constant speed and keeping the vehicle in a straight line," she said.

Marreiros was stopped in Christchurch Street and later at the police station a breath test revealed he had 77 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35mcgs.

The court also heard how Marreiros, who had been placed on conditional bail following the allegation of drink driving on December 22, had failed to answer bail as required on Christmas Eve.

He was therefore held in custody until his appearance before magistrates in Ipswich yesterday.

Craig Marchant, defending, said that his client had driven only a short distance within the town centre "simply to remove a car from the car park to take it home".

Marreiros, who comes from Portugal and had all court proceedings translated to him through an interpreter, had "forgotten" to sign on at the police station on Christmas Eve, he added.

A previous court hearing had heard that Marreiros had pleaded not guilty to drink driving in Ipswich on August 18. This offence has yet to be dealt with by the court.

He was remanded in custody until Friday, January 4, where he is expected to answer charges relating to all three incidents. These include charges of having no insurance and no MoT certificate on December 22, which he denies.


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