Two-year ban for man over drink-drive limit

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A MAN who crashed his car while nearly three times the drink-drive limit was banned from driving for two years this week.

Christopher Leslie Thomas Byne, 25, of Coldham Lane, Gislingham, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol and failing to stop after an accident when he appeared at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.

Prosecuting, Tess Mann said Byne was involved in a car accident in High Street, Gislingham, at about 11.50pm on November 12.

She said he drove home after the accident but his number plate had fallen off at the scene, which police used to track him down at home.

When police paid Byne a visit, he was agitated because he knew he would be arrested, said Mrs Mann.

He was breathalysed and recorded a reading of 98 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.

The legal limit is 35 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.

In mitigation, Mark Thompson told district judge David Cooper that Byne had appeared agitated because he was upset at having had an accident.

He showed remorse and told police ‘take me in, I did it’, said Mr Thompson.

Byne was disqualified from driving for 24 months, to be reduced by six months on satisfactory completion of a driving rehabilitation course.

He also received a 12-month community order, requiring him to carry out 70 hours’ unpaid work, and was ordered to pay £85 towards court costs.