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Driver was twice the limit in Colkirk car park

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A driver who made a “schoolboy error” in a public car park was more than twice the alcohol limit.

A police car pulled in just as Laurence Curtis, 40, was behind the wheel of the Vauxhall Corsa, Lynn Magistrates’ Court was told on Thursday.

It happened at about 9pm on May 14.

King's Lynn Magistrates' Court (57695627)
King's Lynn Magistrates' Court (57695627)

Prosecutor Collette Harper said Curtis began to drive out of the car park in Colkirk, as police officers arrived.

He was arrested after failing a breath test, later blowing 87 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

Curtis, of Dereham Road, Colkirk, had no convictions before pleading guilty to drink-driving.

Solicitor Andrew Cogan, mitigating, said Curtis knew police had been called to speak to him about a criminal damage, which appeared to have been taken no further.

He added: “The defendant will say that he wasn’t trying to drive out of the car park.

“His car was looking straight into a bush. What he was doing was simply turning his car around to keep a look out for the officers.

“He was just trying to get enough view so that when they arrived he could hand himself in.

“It was a schoolboy error – the police car arrived as he was making that manoeuvre.”

Mr Cogan said, as a result of the mandatory ban, his client would lose his job as a child-support worker.

Curtis was disqualified for 22 months, which can be cut with completion of a drink-driver rehabilitation course.

He was also fined £120 and ordered to pay £139 in costs and victim surcharge.

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