Driving ban for father-of-two

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A MAN who drove home from a train station while more than twice the drink-drive limit has been banned from driving for 20 months.

A service station employee suspected customer Andrew Fraiser Wilks of drinking and gave details of his car to police, a court heard.

Prosecuting, Colett Griffiths said at around 9.35pm on April 10, a member of staff at the BP garage in Bury Road, Stowmarket, told police a man had left who smelled of alcohol and had slurred speech.

Ten minutes later, police visited the address where the car was registered and breathalysed Wilks, who recorded 83 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath – the legal limit is 35.

In interview, he said he had consumed alcohol at home, said Mrs Griffiths.

Wilks, 42, from Harleston, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

In mitigation, Declan Gallagher said Wilks, a father-of-two, had consumed some wine after getting home but not enough to substantially affect the reading.

He said Wilks had showed ‘unusually poor judgement’, having finished work in London early and gone drinking with a friend.

He had caught his usual train home, slept on the journey, woke up and felt fine so drove home.

Wilks was banned from driving for 20 months, to be reduced by five months on completion of a driver’s rehabilitation course. He was fined £1,850 and ordered to pay costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £15.