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Thursday, December 12, 2013
A drink-driver who left the scene of an accident before returning to the crash site “to do the right thing” has been banned from driving.
Ipswich magistrates heard John Allen, of Gainsborough Road, Felixstowe, has lost his job as an HGV driver as a result of the collision which occurred on November 20.
The 47-year-old admitted drink-driving, careless driving, and failing to stop after an accident when he appeared at South East Suffolk Magistrates Court.
Prosecutor Colette Griffiths said the accident happened at around 10.30pm.
A woman was driving a Renault along Cavendish Road, Felixstowe, and Allen was travelling towards the junction with Sea Road in a Peugeot 406.
The court heard Allen did not slow down and turned left straight into the path of the Renault.
The woman stopped. However, Allen was said to have made off on foot and went into a pub.
Police were called. Before officers went to look for him Allen returned to the scene of the crash.
Mrs Griffiths said Allen became agitated before being breath-tested by officers at the roadside.
A further breath test at a police investigation centre showed he had 55 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35mcgs.
Paul Donegan, representing Allen, said his client had returned to the scene of the accident “in order to do the right thing”.
The court was told due to his drink-driving arrest Allen had lost his job as a lorry driver for an Ipswich firm due to the mandatory disqualification he would get.
Mr Donegan said: “A lorry driver without a licence isn’t very useful to any company.”
Allen moved to Suffolk from Warwickshire six months ago to find work and build a better life.
Mr Donegan added: “Those plans are on ice as a result of this conviction and the loss of employment.
Magistrates disqualified Allen from driving for 12 months. He was also fined a total of £295 for drink-driving, careless driving and failing to stop after an accident. Allen was also ordered to pay a further £20 to the victims’ fund.
The Star is pledging to name and shame drink drivers in court during December as part of its annual Christmas anti-drink-drive campaign.