Downham Market drink-driver got in car after row with friend, court told

The crest above the entrance to King's Lynn Court in College Lane. ENGANL00120120910143711
The crest above the entrance to King's Lynn Court in College Lane. ENGANL00120120910143711

A man drove from Downham to Lynn while nearly twice over the drink-drive limit following a row with a friend, a court has heard.

William Shimmin, 22, of Marchant Court, Downham, pleaded guilty to a charge of drink-driving when he appeared before Lynn magistrates on Monday.

The court heard he was stopped by police in Lynn during the early hours of June 27, after his car was seen swerving across London Road.

He admitted drinking around 30 minutes before he was stopped and was arrested after giving a positive breath test.

Further samples showed he had 59 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

When interviewed by police, he also admitted he had driven from Downham to Lynn, a distance of around 11 miles, in that condition.

Mitigating solicitor George Sorrell said the incident happened after his client had an argument with a friend and left the area.

Shimmin was banned from driving for 16 months, though he was offered the chance to reduce the ban by taking a rehabilitation course, fined £250 and told to pay £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.