A heroin addict turned alcoholic escaped jail despite being caught drink-driving for the fourth time.
Rashid Mahmood, 44, of Hillington Square, Lynn, was given an 18-week prison sentence, suspended for 18 months, after being caught driving with excess alcohol – and also while disqualified. He was also banned from driving for four years.
Lynn magistrates heard last Friday that Mahmood had come a long way since his £100-£200-a-day heroin habit, and was trying to turn his life around.
His solicitor Calvin Saker said he would lose everything if he was put behind bars.
He added that Mahmood believed his driving disqualification - due to expire on Friday – had already ended and was only driving as his partner had suffered a miscarriage and he was taking her to hospital.
Mahmood admitted drink-driving, driving while disqualified and without insurance on January 20.
Yvonne Neill, prosecuting, said Mahmood also had previous convictions for driving while disqualified, as well as dangerous driving and other matters including burglary.
Mahmood was made subject to a period of supervision during the suspended jail term, and also told to complete an alcohol treatment programme. He was also ordered to pay £165 costs.