Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich drink-drivers lose their licences

Julian Ditcham with the Drager Alcotest used by Suffolk Constabulary. Pic Archant

Julian Ditcham with the Drager Alcotest used by Suffolk Constabulary. Pic Archant

A 57-year-old woman was caught drink-driving after crashing her car at a pub while taking her empties to the bottle bank.

Heather McCann, of Church Road, Beyton, near Bury St Edmunds, was more than twice the drink-drive limit when she depressed the accelerator rather than the brake on her Peugeot 206, Ipswich magistrates heard.

McCann pleaded guilty to drink-driving on April 15.

Prosecutor Tess Mann said police were called at 11am to a single vehicle collision at the White Horse pub in Bury Road, Beyton. McCann’s car had its front end in a hedge.

When police arrived members of the public were said to have been comforting McCann.

She told an officer she had accelerated instead of braking.

McCann added: “I’m so sorry. Will I be banned now? I’m so sorry.”

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A breath test showed she had 81 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35mcgs.

Michael Batty, representing McCann, said his client recognised what she had done, adding she had been foolish and irresponsible.

The court heard at the time McCann had a drink problem, but has now sought help.

The night before the offence McCann had consumed almost a bottle of wine. The following morning she decided to take some bottles to the bottle bank at the pub.

However, Mr Batty said before doing so she found there was a small amount of wine in one of them and drank it, before setting off.

While in the pub car park she saw another car and went to brake but hit the accelerator.

Magistrates disqualified McCann from driving for 17 months. She was also fined £175 and ordered to pay £85 costs, as well as £30 to the victims’ fund.

In a separate hearing Josip Kovacevic, of Woodbridge Road, Ipswich, was banned for 20 months.

The 37-year-old was caught after his Lexus was seen with front end damage in Fore Street, Ipswich, on May 20.

A breath test showed the Ipswich dock worker had 88mcgs of alcohol in 100mls.

Kovacevic, representing himself, said: “I regret it. I let everybody down.”

In addition to his ban Kovacevic must pay a total of £525 in costs, a fine and a victim surcharge.