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Ipswich/Woolpit: Driver hit six cars during his fifth drink-drive related offence

PUBLISHED: 10:13 21 January 2014 | UPDATED: 10:14 21 January 2014

Serial drink-driver Mark Applin

Serial drink-driver Mark Applin

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A serial drink-driver has been banned from the road after crashing his wife’s Ford Mondeo into six vehicles while more than three times the legal limit.

Mark Applin, of Steeles Road, Woolpit, was disqualified from driving for five years after committing his fifth drink-drive related offence in Norwich Road, Ipswich, as he travelled towards the A14.

At the 50-year-old’s sentencing Ipswich magistrates heard that when he was detained by a member of the public Applin told him: “I hold my hands up.

“I have been drinking. I’m sorry. I’m sorry. Here’s my phone. Call the police.”

Colette Harper, prosecuting, said the incident occurred at 11.30pm on December 1.

A resident heard a skidding noise and then a loud bang.

When he looked outside they saw a man stumbling around, being held by members of the public.

One of them had seen the crash and detained Applin until police and an ambulance crew arrived.

Applin told the man who caught him that he had been drinking, and offered him his phone so he could ring the police, the court was told.

When police turned up the black Ford Mondeo Applin had been driving was pointing the wrong way, and six other vehicles were damaged.

A subsequent breath test showed he had 117 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35mcgs.

The court heard he had four previous drink-drive related convictions.

However, three of those were outside the 10-year period which magistrates have to take into account when they sentence.

The most recent previous conviction prior to the incident on December 1 was on May 10, 2006, for failing to provide a breath specimen.

The initial police report said Applin was swaying when officers arrived at the crash in Norwich Road.

At the time he admitted he had been drinking, but claimed a vehicle had pulled out in front of him causing him to collide with it.

He then hit five other vehicles, including one which was travelling in the opposite direction towards town.

The incident, which left two of the Mondeo’s wheels buckled in different directions, occurred near the YMCA.

Police discovered the Mondeo belonged to Applin’s wife.

Applin pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol when he appeared before Ipswich magistrates in December.

His sentencing was adjourned until yesterday.

In addition to his disqualification from driving he was given a 12-month community order, with a supervision requirement.

Applin was also ordered to pay £85 costs and £60 to the victims’ fund.

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