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Drink-driver arrested after arriving at Swaffham police station, court told

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A 70-year-old man who drove to Swaffham police station for help was found to be over the drink limit.

David Beech had had an argument with his wife and then called 101 to speak to police.

He then went to the police station and was found in his vehicle in Green Way by a traffic officer who proceeded to arrest him for drink-driving.

King's Lynn Magistrates' Court (50499641)
King's Lynn Magistrates' Court (50499641)

In custody at Lynn, Beech gave a sample which showed 118 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. The legal limit is 80.

Beech, who is a carer for his wife and part-time consultant, pleaded guilty to drink-driving at around 9.20pm on June 13.

Prosecutor Kathyrn Kibrya-Dean said: “He was going through some domestic problems and had consumed some alcohol prior to driving to the police station.”

She added: “In interview, he said he was struggling to cope.”

Dale Beeson, mitigating, said: “Effectively, Mr Beech was the author of his own downfall.

“He’d made a 101 call to police showing his distress and then drove to the police station.”

Beech, of The Street, Sporle, was disqualified from driving for 12 months, which can be reduced with completion of a drink-driver rehabilitation course.

He was also fined £600 and ordered to pay £105 costs and £60 victim surcharge.

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