Suffolk: Driver was three times booze limit

A MAN caught driving at more than three times the drink-drive limit has been handed a lengthy road ban.

Jason Cleaver, 29, of St John’s Court, Ipswich, was stopped by police in Brook Lane, Felixstowe, on June 15.

A test revealed he had 116 microgrammes of alcohol in 110 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35mcg.

Cleaver pleaded guilty to drink driving at South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court.

He was handed a community order and disqualified from driving for 28 months. He was also ordered to pay �85 costs.

Cleaver’s road ban comes after Suffolk police released the results of their summer drink drive campaign, which revealed a third of failed breath tests followed a collision.

The campaign began on June 1 and saw officers across the county conduct 951 breath tests – with 82 coming up positive.

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The month-long operation saw an overall decrease in the amount of failed breath tests from last year – however 33 per cent of the positive tests recorded were conducted following a collision.

Sgt Paul Ward, of the collision reduction team, said: “Driving when over the legal limit is incredibly dangerous and these results demonstrate exactly that.

“Those offending need to realise that they are not just putting themselves at risk, but other innocent road users as well.”

The highest percentage failure was among males aged 25 and over – with 9.4pc of breath tests failed.

During the same campaign last year officers conducted 507 breath tests – with 111 coming up positive.

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