Two drink drivers taken off the roads

ANOTHER pair of booze-fuelled drivers are off the roads after admitting taking the wheel while over the limit.

IPSWICH: Another pair of booze-fuelled drivers are off the roads after admitting taking the wheel while over the limit.

Antonio Cunha, of Cemetery Road, Ipswich, was hit with a five-year ban after confessing to drink-driving for the third time in a decade at South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court yesterday.

Meanwhile, unlicensed Daniel Mowles, of Hamilton Road, Felixstowe, could face jail after taking a friend's car to go and buy cigarettes in the early hours of the morning.

Cunha, 43, was pulled over in Grove Lane, Ipswich, on January 16. Officers discovered he was driving without valid insurance and could smell alcohol on his breath, but Cunha failed to provide a specimen and was taken to Ipswich police station where an intoximeter reading showed him to have 71 microgrammes of alcohol per 100ml of breath - the legal limit being 35mcg.

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The factory worker told police he had just bought the green Ford Escort and was on his way to take out a policy when he was pulled over. An hour earlier he had downed two glasses of wine with lunch and had been drinking the previous evening.

Mowles, 33, was stopped by police at 3am on in Felixstowe town centre for driving without headlights.

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He admitted not being the owner of the car and told police he had taken the keys from a sleeping friend after a party and was on his way to buy cigarettes.

The shipping company clerk, who also admitted driving without insurance or a licence, was said by defence solicitor Michael Stephenson to be “thoroughly ashamed,” having given police a breathalyser reading of 82mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath.

Mowles will have to wait until February 1 to find out if he faces a custodial sentence. Cunha, meanwhile, was fined a total of �750 including court costs and banned from driving for five years after admitting his third drinking driving charge in the space of a decade.

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