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Snettisham drink-driver took dog and duvet with him after row, magistrates told

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A Snettisham man was caught drink-driving after leaving home following a row.

Mark Farrell, 41, had taken the dog and a duvet with him, Lynn Magistrates’ Court heard on Thursday.

Police went to his home in Parkside after receiving a call in the early hours of August 14 about a domestic incident, said prosecutor Priscilla Afful-Mensah.

King's Lynn Magistrates' Court (49623267)
King's Lynn Magistrates' Court (49623267)

“When officers arrived they were told to look out for a vehicle. They found it in a layby on the A149,” said the prosecutor.

“Mr Farrell said ‘I’ve just left the property and I’ve come to the closest place I know.’

“It was about two miles away. He said he would not have been on the road but there had been a heated argument with his partner and he had to get away.”

Farrell failed a roadside breath test and was arrested. In custody he blew 57 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, the legal limit being 35. He pleaded guilty to drink-driving.

Solicitor Ruth Johnson, mitigating, said her client regretted committing the offence.

“He felt it was probably the best course of action to leave the property. He had been drinking so probably wasn’t thinking as rationally as he would’ve been otherwise,” she added.

“He took a duvet and the dog and went to a layby where he could spend the evening.”

Farrell was disqualified for 16 months, which can be reduced with completion of a drink-driver rehabilitation course.

He was also fined £120 and ordered to pay £40 costs plus a £34 victim surcharge.

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