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Passers-by detained King's Lynn drink-driver

By Lynn News Reporter

A rider who was detained by the public after coming off his moped in Lynn was found to be two-and-a-half times the drink-drive limit.

Lynn Magistrates’ Court heard on Monday how Donald James Britton was reported by witnesses to be “all over the road” on a Honda NSC 110.

Police were called at about 8.20pm on April 16 and arrived at Edward Benefer Way.

“In the meantime, he had lost control and fallen off,” said Jane Walker, prosecuting. “Witnesses stayed with him.”

Britton, of Tower Road, Terrington St Clement, failed a roadside breath test and was arrested. He later blew 87 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath; the legal limit being 35. He pleaded guilty to drink-driving.

In mitigation, Rob Pollington said: “The one positive from the whole experience is that no one was hurt. Mr Bailey will say that he’s extremely remorseful.

“He had a few drinks and, as we often hear in court, he says ‘I felt OK’. The reality is one drink is too many.

“The last drink was a pint of beer that was particularly strong. He just wasn’t prepared for it.”

Mr Pollington said the offence had cost Britton his job as a mobile hairdresser; he was now working in a bar.

“The biggest effect is the impact on his family,” added Mr Pollington. “He doesn’t say this so you feel sorry for him but by virtue of how much he is being punished by his actions.”

Britton was disqualified from driving for 22 months, which can be reduced with successful completion of a drink-drivers’ rehabilitation course.

He was also fined £250 and ordered to pay £85 costs and £30 victim surcharge.

Picture: Steve Crispe FM2359803.
Picture: Steve Crispe FM2359803.

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