Long Melford doctor, 78, banned from the road after drink-driving in VW

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 78-year-old doctor has been banned from the road after being caught drink-driving.

Dr John Cruickshank, of Harefield, Long Melford, pleaded guilty at South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court in Ipswich to driving a motor vehicle while above the legal alcohol limit.

The offence took place on May 17.

Prosecutor Colette Harper said Cruickshank had been to Long Melford Swan restaurant. He drove off with his wife in the passenger seat of a VW Polo at around 10.45pm and travelled along the B1064. However, the car did not have its headlights on.

A breath test showed he had 43 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35mcgs.

The court was told Cruickshank did not usually drive the Polo and his own car had automatic headlights.

He was banned from driving for 12 months and must pay a total of £635 in costs, a fine and a surcharge.