Great Barton drink-driver ‘swayed across road’ after pulling away from pub on Christmas Eve

Stock image of a motorist taking a breath test. Picture: JOHN GILES/PA WIRE

Stock image of a motorist taking a breath test. Picture: JOHN GILES/PA WIRE - Credit: PA

A drink-driver failed a breath test after being seen pulling away from a Suffolk pub on Christmas Eve.

Keith Noble, 49, was seen driving away from The Woolpack, in Fornham St Martin, at about 2.30pm on December 25.

His black Vauxhall Astra was seen straying over the white line road marking by a patrolling police officer.

Noble, of Shinham Bridge, Great Barton, was pulled over and failed a roadside breath test. He was then taken to a police station, where further tests gave a reading of 84 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath – the legal limit being 35mcg.

Representing himself at magistrates’ court in Ipswich on Tuesday, Noble said there was no excuse for his actions.

“It was one-off”, he added.

“It was totally my fault.”

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Noble was banned from driving for 21 months and fined a total of £490, including court costs. He will have the opportunity to complete a rehabilitation course to reduce the length of his ban.

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