Drink driver gets four year ban

A DRINK-driver, who was nearly three times the legal limit when he crashed into parked cars has avoided jail, but been banned from the roads for four years.

A DRINK-driver, who was nearly three times the legal limit when he crashed into parked cars has avoided jail, but been banned from the roads for four years.

Michael Tilbrook, 28, caused £10,000 of damage when he lost control of his Toyota Hilux in Central Road, Leiston, and crashed into six cars on October 24.

A breathalyser test showed he had 101mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath. The legal limit is 35.

Tilbrook, of Leiston Road, Aldringham, pleaded guilty to drink-driving at a hearing earlier this month and was warned he could be sent to jail.


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Yesterday, he appeared at Lowestoft Magistrates' Court where he was spared prison, but disqualified from driving for 48 months.

Tess James, prosecuting, said: “It was a very high reading and tremendous suffering was caused as a result of it; not just financially, but in clearing up the mess.”

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Tilbrook was found asleep in his car following the crashes, which happened after he went drinking with friends in Leiston.

As he drove along Central Road, he hit a blue Ford Fiesta and pushed it up on to the pavement. He then carried along the road and collided with a parked Daewoo.

He then hit two Vauxhall Astras, a Vauxhall Cavalier and a Honda Civic before driving away towards Aldringham. He was later found asleep by police near a footpath off Aldeburgh Road.

Ed Proffitt, for Tilbrook, said his client, who has a previous conviction for drink-driving in 2004, had not intended to drive home when he went out.

“Essentially, what we have is a young man who has made a very foolish decision,” he added.

The court heard that Tilbrook would not be able to continue his work as a tree surgeon as a result of his driving ban, which magistrates set at four years because of his previous conviction.

Chairman of the bench Ralph Castleton said: “It was a high reading and lots of damage was done.”

Tilbrook was also ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work and take part in a course for drink-drivers.

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