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Suffolk: Motorist was five times drink-drive limit as he drove towards police car

PUBLISHED: 12:46 21 February 2014 | UPDATED: 12:46 21 February 2014

Drink-driver banned

Drink-driver banned

A west Suffolk motorist who was nearly five times the drink-drive limit as he drove towards a police car on the wrong side of the road has been spared prison.

Andrew Meyers, of Lavender Close, Brandon, was disqualified from driving for 36 months by Bury St Edmunds magistrates.

The 44-year-old had admitted driving when above the legal alcohol limit.

Meyers was caught when his Ford 4x4 was seen travelling towards the police car, although the two vehicles did not collide.

The incident occurred at around 12.30am on December 21.

When the officer pulled Meyer’s vehicle over, he was arrested for drink-driving.

A subsequent breath test showed he had 177 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35mcgs.

Meyers pleaded guilty at a hearing on January 24 and his case was adjourned for a pre-sentencing report.

He was given a term of 18 weeks’ imprisonment, suspended for 12 months.

Meyers was also ordered to pay £80 to the victims’ fund and prosecution costs of £85.

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