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'Distraught' Gaywood drink-driver had just been told both his parents had died suddenly

A factory worker from Gaywood was caught drink-driving after being informed both his parents had died suddenly.

He was banned from the roads for three years after a second alcohol-related motoring conviction in a ten-year period.

Lynn Magistrates' Court heard on Thursday that Alexander Bristot had stopped in a lay-by on the town's Constitution Hill at 12.45am on August 1.

King's Lynn Magistrates' Court (39098373)
King's Lynn Magistrates' Court (39098373)

The 42-year-old gave a positive roadside breath test. In custody, he blew 82 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath; the legal limit being 35.

The defendant, of Wootton Road, pleaded guilty to drink-driving. The court was told that he was convicted of failing to provide a specimen for analysis in 2011.

Mitigating, solicitor Charlotte Winchester said Bristot had been drinking at a friend's house and was going to stay the night.

"He then received a phone call from Brazil telling him both his parents had just passed away completely unexpectedly.

"Understandably, he was absolutely distraught and he just wanted to be by himself. That's why he was driving home."

Miss Winchester said the mandatory driving ban would spell the end of his two jobs, one in a Watton factory and another as a care worker.

Bristot can cut the band with successful completion of a drink-driver rehabilitation course. He was fined £120 and ordered to pay £105 costs and £34 victim surcharge.

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