Former taxi driver was almost three times over drink limit during King’s Lynn police stop

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 former taxi driver’s van was seen “swaying” across a Lynn road while nearly three times over the drink-drive limit, a court has heard.

A police officer described Nicholas Waudby’s driving as some of the worst he had seen in a case of this kind following the incident last month.

Waudby, 52, of High Road, Saddlebow, pleaded guilty to drink-driving when he appeared in court on Monday.

He was banned from driving for two years and fined £200, plus a £30 victim surcharge.

Fergus Harold, prosecuting, told the court Waudby was stopped by police on London Road, Lynn, at around 3.15am on February 18.

A few minutes earlier, they had seen him turn slowly out of Austin Street, towards the one way system, before the van swayed across three lanes of traffic and struck a kerb.

He said the officer who stopped him described Waudby’s driving as “some of the worst I have seen in relation to a drink-drive.”

After giving a positive roadside breath test, subsequent samples showed he had 100 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

Andrea Clarke, mitigating, said her client had lost his home, and been forced to move in with his brother, after having his taxi licence revoked over a matter unrelated to alcohol.

She said he had been out for drinks on the night of the incident and had decided to drive as he was reluctant to leave his van, which contained work tools, in a public car park overnight.

She added: “It’s a bit of a downward spiral in many respects.”