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Heacham caravan owner Martin Bailey in King’s Lynn court after drink-driving

A Heacham caravan owner was just over the drink-drive limit when he was pulled over by police.

Martin Bailey, 58, appeared at Lynn Magistrates’ Court on Thursday where he admitted to driving above the specified alcohol limit.

Prosecutor Lesla Small said that at around 10pm on October 14, police were performing a routine stop at Heacham’s High Street when they pulled over the car that Bailey was driving.

Bailey was stopped by police on Heacham's High Street. Picture: Google Maps
Bailey was stopped by police on Heacham's High Street. Picture: Google Maps

Officers reported that they could smell alcohol on Bailey’s breath, who admitted to having a couple of pints in the pub previous to this.

A roadside breath test was conducted which came back with a reading of 40mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath. The legal limit to drive is 35mcg.

In mitigation, Tiffany Meredith said that Bailey was visiting Heacham at the time as he had a caravan there.

“He went for a game of golf with his friends and they then went to a pub afterwards,” said Ms Meredith.

The solicitor said that Bailey was suffering from a health problem at the time.

She added: “The group were going to a restaurant afterwards, he wanted to go back to the caravan. In no way did he feel too impaired to drive.

“It was unfortunate that he didn’t have anything to eat.”

Bailey, of Geary Close, Narborough in Leicestershire, was disqualified from driving for 12 months.

He was also fined £307 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £123 and court costs of £105.

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