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Driver stopped in King's Lynn had knuckle-duster

By Lynn News Reporter

Police searching the car of a suspected drink-driver in Lynn found a knuckle-duster in the glovebox.

Ricky James claimed he had forgotten about the weapon, having confiscated it from a family member about a month earlier, town magistrates heard on Monday.

Suspect arrested for possessing knuckleduster (9072817)
Suspect arrested for possessing knuckleduster (9072817)

Jane Walker, prosecuting, said he was seen driving along Hardwick Road about half past midnight on April 24.

“Police pulled him over after receiving a call from the public concerned about the manner of driving. He had no lights on and initially didn’t stop when the officer illuminated his blue lights,” said Miss Walker.

A roadside breath test gave a reading of 83 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35, although a roadside test cannot be used in evidence. James was arrested for drink-driving.

During a search of the car, the knuckle-duster was found. The 30-year-old, of West Drive, Friday Bridge, later refused to provide a specimen for analysis.

Miss Walker added that James, in interview, said he “felt he was being rubbed up the wrong way by the officer” and he had intended to hand in the knuckle-duster.

In mitigation, Tim Bartlam said James had driven to Tesco car park after a row with his partner and started drinking with the intention of staying there overnight.

A member of the public had then banged on the window and James drove off intending to move to another car park.

Mr Bartlam added: “He says there was an issue between him and the [police] officer. He got the hump and decided to be uncooperative.”

Mr Bartlam said James had taken the knuckle-duster off a young person after seeing her in a group while out driving.

“He put it in his glove compartment, he says, a month ago and forgot about it. He doesn’t appear to be the sort of person who would have this.”

James was given a 12-month community order with 100 hours’ unpaid work. He was disqualified from driving for 20 months, which can be cut with successful completion of a drink-drivers’ rehabilitation course. He was also told to pay £170 in costs and victim surcharge.

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