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Intoxicated driver from Elm avoids ban

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A motorist who was found over the drink-drive limit on public premises in Bircham Newton has avoided a ban.

Peter Woodhouse, 58, pleaded guilty to being in charge of a vehicle while above the alcohol limit, which does not carry a mandatory disqualification.

He was sitting in the driver’s seat with the keys in the ignition when police arrived at the Construction Industry Training Board site.

King's Lynn Magistrates Court news. (53357641)
King's Lynn Magistrates Court news. (53357641)

Monali Raleraskar, prosecuting at King's Lynn Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, said officers had responded to reports of a drink-driver.

She added that, earlier, an acquaintance of Woodhouse approached the defendant, who was in a Citroen C1.

“He could see he was intoxicated and there was a bottle of brandy in the vehicle,” said the prosecutor.

“Police arrived. They saw the defendant in the driver’s seat. He was treated at the scene for a medical issue and then transported to hospital.

“In interview, he made full admissions to the offence that he was charged with.

“He said he was in a desperate state and this was something he wouldn’t normally do.”

The court was told that Woodhouse, of Roseberry Road, Elm, had a driving with excess alcohol offence on his record from 2016.

The defendant, who was not represented in court, said: “When this occurred I was in a distressed situation but this is no excuse.

“I have a tremendous sense of guilt.

“I want to thank both the police and [paramedics] for the help they gave to me.”

Woodhouse was given ten penalty points on his licence, fined £80 and ordered to pay £105 costs

and £34 victim surcharge.

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