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

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.

6 comments

  • Pathetic sentence which is no deterrent to others ! Until there is a proper deterrent we will continue to have death on our roads caused by drink drivers and similar cases like this ! How long has the supposed deterrent been there and has made no difference whatsoever ?

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    Poppys Dad

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • So effectively he has been banned for 3 years and £185 out of pocket. I am sure other drink drivers with lower readings have been punished more heavily.

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    The original Victor Meldrew

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • now now girls.

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    TERENCE MANNING

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • Mr cynical- a typing error on the i pad keyboard. Ps. He was not fined, he has to pay £80 to the victims fund and prosecution costs of £85 , hence I used the words, out of pocket.

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    The original Victor Meldrew

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • Had this man killed someone whilst being five times over the limit I'm sure his sentence would have been far less lenient, but that would have meant someone's life had been lost and a family totally devastated - for ever. Should have been banned for life and put him inside for 36 months.

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    Our Man in the East

    Friday, February 21, 2014

  • No he was fined a total of £165 (80+85=165) NOT 185 Surprised you worked out 36months was three years maybe mummy helped you

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    Mr cynical

    Friday, February 21, 2014

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