King’s Lynn drink-driver ‘couldn’t sleep’, 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 found to be twice the drink-drive limit when he was stopped by police had gone for a drive because he couldn’t sleep, magistrates heard.

Jody Restell, 38, of Fenland Road, Reffley, pleaded guilty to a single charge of drink-driving when he appeared in court in Lynn on Monday.

The court heard Restell had been stopped by police on Fred Ackland Drive, Fairstead at around 2.50am on July 24.

He was tested at the roadside and arrested. Samples showed he had 71 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

Ruth Johnson, mitigating, said Restell had been out with his partner during the evening.

Although they returned home more than four hours before the incident, he decided to go out again as he was unable to sleep due to stress.

She said: “He felt absolutely fine. Clearly he wasn’t.”

He was banned from driving for 17 months, but given the chance to reduce that by completing a rehabilitation course. He was also fined £403 and told to pay £85 costs plus a £40 victim surcharge.