Drink-driver from Gaywood tried to put his bankcard into wall
A suspected drink-driver from Gaywood refused to take a breath test after being spotted trying to insert his bankcard into a wall.
Emilio Solferino was seen by a member of the public to "stagger" from a Nissan Almera towards the NatWest cashpoint in Lynn's Tuesday Market Place, putting a hand on the vehicle to steady himself.
"She believed him to be drunk," prosecutor Jane Walker told Lynn Magistrates' Court on Thursday. "He initially tried to put his card into the wall before putting it in the cashpoint."
The witness followed 58-year-old Solferino as he pulled off but had his progress thwarted by stalls for the Christmas market on at the time.
Miss Walker described how he then went into King Street and parked on double yellow lines before getting out and disappearing through an archway towards residential properties.
An initial search by police proved fruitless but Solferino later appeared, walking into the dead end of a courtyard.
Miss Walker said: "He refused to supply his name. A search of him produced the Nissan's car key. The defendant was then taken to the police investigation centre.
"He then failed to provide two samples of breath for analysis. He said the reason was because he had recently used his asthma inhaler and that would show up as alcohol."
Checks showed Solferino, of Wootton Road, Gaywood, only had a provisional licence and no insurance.
He pleaded guilty to failing to provide, driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence and having no insurance on November 29 last year.
Solferino was disqualified for 18 months, which can be cut with completion of a drink-driver rehabilitation course. He was also given a 12-month community order with a requirement of 50 hours' unpaid work and ordered to pay £90 victim surcharge and £40 costs. For the insurance offence he was fined £80 and there was no separate penalty for the licence matter.
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