Wetheringsett and Ipswich drink-drivers who crashed are banned

A breathalyser used by police on suspected drink-drivers. (Stock image). Picture: JOHN GILES

A breathalyser used by police on suspected drink-drivers. (Stock image). Picture: JOHN GILES - Credit: PA

A two-time drink-driver who crashed into the rear of another car while more than twice the limit has lost his licence.

Adrian Aldred, of Wetherup Street, Wetheringsett, near Stowmarket, pleaded guilty before Ipswich magistrates to drink-driving in Church Street, Wetheringsett, on April 9.

The 38-year-old had previously been convicted of driving with excess alcohol in December 2003.

Prosecutor Colette Harper said another motorist was travelling through the village when Audi convertible approached from behind at speed on a single track road.

Aldred’s Audi collided with the other vehicle’s rear and police were called.

A breath test showed 38-year-old Aldred had 84 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35mcgs.

Magistrates disqualified Aldred from driving for 20 months. He was also ordered to pay a total of £315 including a fine and costs.

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In the next hearing Daniel Atkinson, of Woolverstone Close, Ipswich, was banned for 18 months after admitting drink-driving.

The incident occurred on April 10 in Ellenbrook Road, Ipswich.

Mrs Harper said at around 3.25am officers discovered a traffic bollard lying in the middle of the road and a small piece of a car’s bumper.

There was also a significant amount of engine oil. Police followed the trial of oil to a VW Golf parked at Atkinson’s home.

The front of the vehicle was damaged and the air bags were deployed.

Officers found 28-year-old Atkinson, who was drunk.

He admitted driving and having consumed alcohol before arriving back at home.

Mrs Harper said when police asked how much Atkinson had replied “too much”.

A breath test showed he had 64mcgs of alcohol in 100mls of breath.

In addition to his ban Atkinson was fined £250. He must also pay £85 costs and £30 to the victims’ fund.