‘Alcoholic’ banned from roads

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AN ‘ALCOHOLIC’ has been banned from driving after being caught more than four times the legal drink-driving limit.

Adrian Hayden-Scott, of The Street, Hitcham, was stopped by police in Combs Lane, Stowmarket, at 9.40pm on August 29. Police spotted him driving ‘erratically’ before getting out of the car and ‘staggering’ towards them, said Emma Howson, prosecuting. He recorded a reading of 152 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath – the legal limit is 35 micrograms – and was also charged with driving with no insurance.

David Stewart, in mitigation, said Hayden-Scott was trying to help out a friend but ‘blames himself for not thinking clearly’.

Mr Stewart said: “Clearly he is an alcoholic, he accepts that now and is on the road to recovery.”

The 43-year-old was banned from driving for three years and given a 16-week suspended sentence at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court, on Friday.

He was also given an 18 month supervision order and a curfew requirement. He was ordered to attend alcohol treatment sessions and to pay costs of £85. He received no separate penalty for no insurance.