Drink-driver hit 100mph on A14

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A MAN who was caught drink-driving twice in two days – the first while speeding at 100mph on the A14 – has been jailed.

Haydn Palmer Gray, 22, of Ipswich Road, Yaxley, was clocked by police on the road near Thurston on November 6 at around 6.50pm.

And Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court heard on Tuesday that when officers chased Gray’s silver Ford Mondeo four and a half miles later, a breathtest revealed he had 150 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath – nearly three and a half times the legal limit.

Having been arrested and taken to Bury St Edmunds Police Investigation Centre, Gray was told not to drive by officers, according to prosecutor Rosalind Cappleman.

But he ignored their orders by getting behind the wheel of his car as it was parked on the A1088 at Norton at 3am the next day.

Officers had followed Gray to his vehicle and watched as he stepped in and attempted to drive away.

After being stopped, a breath test again revealed he was over the limit, this time with a reading of 77 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.

Ms Cappleman told the court that Gray had been convicted of drink-driving once previously in 2009.

Russell Haldane, in mitigation, said that previous conviction had been prompted by Gray’s mother dying of cancer.

Since then, Gray had become increasingly dependent on alcohol as ‘medication’, according to Mr Haldane.

Magistrate Hugh Davies sentenced Gray to 22 weeks in prison for each of the drink-driving offences, to be served concurrently. He was disqualified from driving for 48 months.

There was no separate penalty given for a charge of speeding.