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Man drank 'loads' before West Lynn police stop, court told

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Police who stopped a motorist in West Lynn found him to be more than twice the drink limit.

Tony Hooper, 59, was seen getting into his vehicle near McDonald’s and narrowly missing a kerb as he pulled off, Lynn Magistrates’ Court was told on Thursday.

Prosecutor Denise Holland said Hooper was asked if he’d consumed alcohol and replied: “Yes I have – loads.”

King's Lynn Magistrates' Court (56957477)
King's Lynn Magistrates' Court (56957477)

He was arrested after providing a positive roadside breath test.

In custody he gave a reading of 88 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, the legal limit being 35.

Hooper, of Clapper Lane, Clenchwarton, pleaded guilty to drink-driving on April 10 – his third conviction.

However, his previous two offences were outside the 10-year period which would have triggered a minimum three-year ban.

Solicitor George Sorrell, mitigating, said his client had been en route to visit an ill relative in Watlington.

He added: “The inevitable disqualification is going to cause him some hardship.”

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

He was also fined £180 and ordered to pay £105 court costs plus a £34 victim surcharge.

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