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Drink driving teenager who crashed car into ditch is banned from the road




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A drink driving teenager who crashed his car into a ditch near Horringer before trying to flee the scene has been banned from driving for 20 months.

Finlay Smith, 18, of Rectory Grove, Whepstead, appeared at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court on Monday charged with driving with excess alcohol and a further charge of drunk and disorderly behaviour for a separate incident.

Prosecuting, Wayne Ablett said on Friday March 4, a witness was driving on the A143 towards Haverhill at around 10.30pm when he spotted a Mini crashed in a ditch.

Mr Abblet said the witness saw Smith climb out of the car while speaking on his mobile phone.

Smith was soon picked up by a black Renault so the witness followed and called police.

Officers pulled over the car, breathalysed Smith and arrested him.

Mr Ablett described Smith as acting ‘volatile in custody and aggressive’ so he was taken straight to the cells.

Smith later blew 72 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath - the legal limit is 35 micrograms.

Mr Ablett said that a week later, on Friday March 11, just before 11.30pm police were called to an altercation on Eastgate Street in Bury.

Smith was described as acting drunk and ‘shouting and swearing’ at police officers.

Mr Ablett said eventually the officers had ‘had enough’ of Smith’s behaviour and arrested him.

In Mitigation, Michael Whatley said although Smith does not have an alcohol problem he does not deal well with alcohol when he does drink.

“The good news is this has been a wake up call for him,” he said.

“He is deeply ashamed of being in court today and is deeply ashamed of is conduct towards the police officers.”

Smith was banned from driving for 20 months, to be reduced by four months on completion of a course.

He was also fined £80, made to pay costs of £85 and a £20 victim surcharge.

He was fined a further £80 for the drunk and disorderly behaviour charge.



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