Two-year ban for driver almost three times limit

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A MAN from Bury St Edmunds, who was almost three times the legal drink driving limit, has been fined £1,000 and banned from driving for two years.

Andrew Lacey, 48, of Jocelyn Close, pleaded guilty to drink driving in Fornham Road, Bury St Edmunds, at Bury Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.

A reading of 102 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath was recorded.

Rosalind Cappleman, prosecuting, said that Lacey had been drinking at the Tollgate pub, in Bury, and bar staff saw him get into his car and drive off. They reported him to police.

The court heard that Lacey did not want to leave his car because it had expensive fishing equipment inside.

Sally Dale, in mitigation, said that Lacey was not breathalysed until he was back at home, where he had continued to drink.

Miss Dale said that the father-of-three, who works in London at the Olympic stadium construction site, apologised profusely for his conduct. She said he was ‘extremely ashamed’ of his behaviour.

Lacey was fined £1,000 and disqualified from driving for two years, to be reduced by six months if he completes a course. He was also ordered to pay court costs of £85 and a £15 victim surcharge.