Three more drink drivers off the road

A DOMESTIC argument sparked a chain of events which has resulted in a Suffolk woman today being banned from the road after she was found to be twice the drink drive limit.

A DOMESTIC argument sparked a chain of events which has resulted in a Suffolk woman today being banned from the road after she was found to be twice the drink drive limit.

Holly Ingham, of Stone Street, Crowfield, is one of three drivers today named and shamed as part of The Evening Star's annual campaign.

Also banned from driving are Darren Smith and Marcin Bereda, both of Ipswich.

All three admitted drink driving when they appeared at South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court on Tuesday.

The court heard that at around 12.20am on December 2, 21-year-old Ingham walked to her boyfriend's home, where she found him arguing with his mother.

She told the court that she had been drinking during the day but did not feel drunk so decided to calm the feud by driving her boyfriend away from the house in her Citroen Saxo.

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However during the drive an argument developed between the pair, which only ended when her boyfriend got out of the vehicle and walked off.

Ingham said she drove after him, only to discover he had been involved in a fight and was being treated by paramedics in an ambulance in Ipswich's St Matthew's Street.

At this point, a police officer approached Ingham and noticed the smell of alcohol on her breath. A roadside breath test found her to have 72 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.

Deputy district judge Karen Hammond banned Ingham from driving for 20 months, fined her £250 and ordered her to pay £43 towards court costs.

Meanwhile Bereda, 27, of Spring Road, was due to be sentenced today after being stopped by officers in Elm Street on November 29.

He was found to be twice the limit after giving a breath test reading of 72 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.

Smith, of Ramsey Close, was charged after he was spotted driving his Ford Fiesta at around 4am on October 21.

He was breathalysed and found to have 46 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.

Smith, who is unemployed, was banned from the road for 12 months, fined £125 and ordered to pay £43 costs.

The Evening Star pledges to cover all Ipswich court cases involving drink drivers between now and the end of January as part of its Christmas anti-drink driver campaign.

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