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Man admits drink-driving after police stop on A149 during birthday weekend journey

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Birthday celebrations for a West Norfolk man turned sour when he was arrested for drink-driving.

Wayne Brooks was pulled over on the A149 at Heacham while en route to a caravan he had rented for the weekend.

The incident happened on November 19 last year, two days before his 32nd birthday.

King's Lynn Magistrates Court news. (53801012)
King's Lynn Magistrates Court news. (53801012)

Prosecutor Jacqui Dankyi told Lynn Magistrates’ Court on Thursday: “Attention was drawn to him because [police] stated he was driving aggressively.

“He was dangerously close to the vehicle in front of him and was seemingly trying to overtake. He crossed the white line on several occasions before resuming his position.”

Brooks failed a roadside test and was arrested. In custody he gave a reading of 56 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, the legal limit being 35.

The defendant, of Common Road, Wiggenhall St Mary, pleaded guilty to drink-driving. He had no previous convictions.

He “completely disputed” the suggestion of dangerous driving, said solicitor George Sorrell in mitigation.

“The police first saw him on Queen Elizabeth Way,” he added.

“They followed him past Dersingham, past Snettisham and then eventually spoke to him in Heacham.

“If the defendant had been driving so badly, in accordance with that account, in my view – or in most people’s view – they would have made some effort to stop him well before then.

“If he wanted to overtake a slower moving vehicle, that isn’t unlawful.”

Mr Sorrell urged the bench to consider the case purely as a drink-drive offence since no other charge had been laid.

The court was told that Brooks would lose his job with a scaffolding firm in Watton as a result of the mandatory ban.

He was disqualified from driving for one year, which can be cut by 12 weeks with completion of a drink-driver rehabilitation course.

He was also fined £400 and ordered to pay £105 costs plus a £40 victim surcharge.

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