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Paul Dawson caught drink-driving at Sporle after drinking 7.8% cider





A man was caught drink-driving his Jaguar on one of Norfolk’s busiest roads after accidentally drinking 7.8% cider.

Paul Dawson, 52, appeared at Lynn Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, where he admitted driving while above the legal limit.

He committed the offence on March 28, when a police constable spotted him driving his Jaguar along the A47 at Sporle.

Paul Dawson was over the limit after drinking 7.8% cider. Picture: iStock
Paul Dawson was over the limit after drinking 7.8% cider. Picture: iStock

The court heard he had joined the carriageway in an “odd fashion”, and was subsequently pulled over by the officer.

He immediately admitted he had been drinking, and failed a breath test at the roadside.

After being arrested and taken into custody, he provided an evidential reading of 50mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath. The legal limit to drive is 35mcg.

Mitigating, duty solicitor George Sorrell said Dawson had consumed two bottles of cider at home before driving to a garage to buy some provisions.

“He thought it was ordinary cider, but he found out after that each was 7.8% - very strong,” Mr Sorrell said.

“So that put him over the limit. He wouldn’t have done it deliberately.”

The solicitor said Dawson, of Mill Street in Bradenham, near Thetford, will likely lose his job stacking shelves at a supermarket as a result of his offence.

“I would like to draw attention to the fact that he was very helpful to the police,” Mr Sorrell added.

Magistrates disqualified Dawson from driving for 14 months.

They offered him a drink-driving rehabilitation course which, if completed within a specified timeframe, will reduce that term by 14 weeks.

Dawson will also pay a £166 fine, £66 victim surcharge and £85 in court costs.



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