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Ipswich: Three-time drink driver Mark Clarke banned again

PUBLISHED: 15:00 26 March 2014

Drink-driver disqualified after third offence

Drink-driver disqualified after third offence

A three-time drink-driver has been banned from the road for four years and ordered to pay fines and costs totalling nearly £1,000.

Mark Clarke, of Stone Street, Crowfield, near Ipswich, pleaded guilty to driving while above the legal alcohol limit and not having a valid MoT certificate, when he appeared before South East Suffolk Magistrates Court.

The 40-year-old denied he had a drink problem after being banned on two previous occasions in the past 12 years.

Clarke was caught by police on March 2 while driving a black Mercedes C220 on Bury Road in Ipswich.

Prosecutor Lesla Small said an officer stopped Clarke’s car after just after noon it was travelling at 43mph in a 30mph zone.

During their conversation Clarke told the officer he had consumed alcohol and had been drinking with friends.

Clarke was arrested and given a breath test.

The reading showed he had 66 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35mcgs.

Clarke had previously been caught drink-driving in May 2002 and May 2009. On the last occasion he had been disqualified from driving for 27 months.

Clarke’s solicitor told the magistrates: “This man does not have drink problems. It was simply an issue where he made a mistake.

“He realises he has been stupid.”

In addition to Clarke’s four-year ban he was fined £700 for the drink-driving offence and £100 for failing to have a valid MoT certificate.

He was also ordered to pay £85 towards prosecution costs and £70 to the victims’ fund.

A second drink-driver was also banned when he appeared before the same court.

Elviss Kemezs, of Suffolk Road, Ipswich, admitted drink-driving, having no insurance, and not having a valid licence.

The 19-year-old was caught by police at the junction of Chevallier Street and Bramford Road when he was driving a black Lexus Sport on January 11.

He had 77mcgs of alcohol in 100mls of breath.

Magistrates disqualified Kemezs from driving for 22 months.

He was also giving fines totalling £450 as well as being told to pay £85 costs and £20 to the victims’ fund.

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A new road, which ran almost £5m over budget, faces fresh controversy after it emerged a council employee involved in the project also completed work for the road’s developers through his private company.

A damning dossier compiled by a senior whistleblower from the region’s ambulance trust has claimed at least 40 patients died or were harmed due to delays over Christmas and New Year - including one person who froze to death.

Emergency services were called to an incident in Stoke-by-Nayland where a car overturned and ended up on its roof.

A Suffolk family had the BBC’s DIY SOS team spend 10 days at their property in November.

Witham MP Priti Patel is urging schools in the region to take advantage of the opportunity to visit the infamous Holocaust concentration camp Auschwitz, as part of a nationwide programme to educate pupils of the atrocities.

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