A MAN has been banned from driving for four years after being caught three times the legal alcohol limit.
Richard Wade, 42, of Barley Close, Stowupland, appeared at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates court on Tuesday charged with drink driving.
Wade was arrested after a witness saw him ‘stumbling’ to his car at the Aldi supermarket carpark, in Stowmarket, on April 3.
Prosecuting, Wayne Ablett said: “Outside Aldi supermarket carpark he saw a man stumbling to get into his vehicle. He followed the vehicle and called the police. The defendant was arrested at his home and taken to the station.”
A breath test found he had 112 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.
Representing Wade, Paul Booty said the father-of-two was under a lot of stress at the time. He said: “A friend of his father had just recently passed away and the defendant had gone to console him. He parked his car in Aldi carpark, but didn’t think it would be safe there so decided to drive it home.”
District Judge David Cooper said: “I accept you are a hard working man, a family man and it is deeply disillusioning to see someone like you in court. It makes one downcast to see a respectable person with total disregard for drink driving laws.”
Wade was given a 16 week suspended prison sentence and is disqualified from driving for four years to be reduced by a year on completion of a rehabilitation course. He was also given a night time curfew where he will be electronically tagged and must pay £85 costs.