Denver drink-driver gets a three-year ban

The crest above the entrance to King's Lynn Court in College Lane.
The crest above the entrance to King's Lynn Court in College Lane.

A 25-year-old man from Denver has admitted driving while under the influence of alcohol and without having insurance.

Ashley Burton, of Nightingale Walk, a self-employed labourer, pleaded guilty to the two charges at a hearing at Lynn’s Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

The court heard that Burton was stopped by police while driving in Southery on February 9 at 3.45pm, where he was asked for a roadside breath test.

Fergus Harold, prosecuting, said that the reading showed him to be over the legal limit.

Burton was taken to Bury St Edmunds where he was found to have 49 micograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, which is above the legal limit of 35.

Mr Harold said that Burton had identical offences on his record and should be disqualified from driving for a minimum of three years.

George Sorrell, mitigating, said his client should get credit for his early guilty plea and the fact that it was quite a short journey.

Magistrates disqualified Burton from driving for three years, and ordered him to pay a total of £615.

He was fined £250 for drink driving, £250 for driving without insurance, £85 in costs, and a £30 victim surcharge.