Warning from one who knows

DON'T drink and drive. It's just not worth it.That was the stark warning today of baker Ray Hyam who has been landed with a two year driving ban.The 37-year-old is the latest to be named and shamed by The Evening Star for his stupidity.

DON'T drink and drive. It's just not worth it.

That was the stark warning today of baker Ray Hyam who has been landed with a two year driving ban.

The 37-year-old is the latest to be named and shamed by The Evening Star for his stupidity.

Hyam, of Ashcroft Road, Ipswich, was driving a white van so slowly along Felixstowe Road it was holding up traffic, prosecutor Lesla Small told magistrates in Ipswich.


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Ms Small said: "The van was travelling at about 25 mph along the road where the speed limit is 40 mph.

"It was causing congestion because it was a busy time of the evening. The volume of traffic was quite heavy.

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"As Hyam approached St Augustine's roundabout he veered into the cycle lane then back towards the central white lines in the road."

The court heard he turned left without indicating before carrying on along Felixstowe Road.

"He went to turn to Kings Way, Ipswich, and pulled to the right hand lane without indicating causing a vehicle to break suddenly."

When police spoke to him he said he had one can of Kronenburg. A breath test revealed 95 mcg in 100 ml of breath – which was more than twice over the legal 35 mcg.

Representing himself he said it must have been his heavy session the night before where he had several pints of Carlsberg Export which pushed him over the limit.

He said: "I did not honestly realise I was drunk.

"I was very tired. I got up early Friday morning at about 4.30 pm and went to my little girl's swimming presentation in the evening and did not go to bed until 12 am.

"I went fishing that day with my mates and if I knew I was over the limit I would have got one of them to drive."

Self-employed Hyam, who admitted drink driving, told the court he needed the car for the established family business.

In addition to the two year ban he was fined £500 and ordered to pay £34 costs.

His driving ban will be reduced by six months if he successfully completes a drivers' rehabilitation course.

After the case he told The Star: "I did not realise I was over the limit.

"I would advise people to be careful if they have been drinking the night before."

He said he now has to employ someone else to drive because of his actions.

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