Two more drink-drivers banned

TWO drink drivers have been disqualified from driving after they were caught at the wheel over the limit, it emerged today.Rene D'Arachy, from Hintlesham, and Stephen Locke, from Ipswich, were both slapped with a driving ban of just under two years each, as well as a hefty fine, at South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court .

TWO drink drivers have been disqualified from driving after they were caught at the wheel over the limit, it emerged today.

Rene D'Arachy, from Hintlesham, and Stephen Locke, from Ipswich, were both slapped with a driving ban of just under two years each, as well as a hefty fine, at South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court .

The punishments are yet another victory for the Evening Star's anti drink-driving campaign, which vows to name and shame all those caught over the Christmas and New Year period.

D'Arachy, 62, of The Lodge, was stopped by police as he was driving along George Street in Hintlesham on December 9.

He admitted he was driving under the influence of drink, and once breathalysed, was found to have 73 micrograms in 100 millilitres of breath.

The legal limit is 35mg.

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He told the court said: “I obviously regret it - not just because I was caught but because of the realisation of what I had done to myself and my work colleagues. I appreciate it was a high reading.”

D'Arachy was disqualified from driving for 20 months. He was also fined £450, ordered to pay costs of £60 and a victim surcharge of £15.

Locke, 25, of Arundel Way, Broke Hall, was caught driving while under the influence of alcohol along Foxhall Road at about 11.30pm on December 8. He was found to have 72mg in 100ml of breath.

Locke had been drinking at The Golf pub and decided to drive around to his parents' house in Arundel Road, about 200 yards away.

The court heard that as it had been raining heavily, he skidded on a puddle and smashed into a brick wall. The owner of the wall came outside and called the police.

Diana Infanti, in mitigation, said: “He is extremely remorseful. The next day he went round to the man with the damaged wall and spoke to him about getting it repaired.”

He was disqualified for 20 months, ordered to pay £450, plus £60 costs and £15 surcharge.

Do you know someone whose life has been affected by drink driver? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.

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