Teacher banned from road for drink-driving

A TEACHER has been banned from the road for nearly two years after admitting drink driving.

A TEACHER has been banned from the road for nearly two years after admitting drink-driving.

Andrew Kirk, 31, of Lapwing Grove, Stowmarket, pleaded guilty at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court earlier this month after being found behind the wheel of his car in the early hours of Saturday September 25.

Kirk teaches at Stowmarket High School and last night a Suffolk County Council spokesman said that the case was a matter for the courts and that he would face no disciplinary measures.

The spokesman said: “There’s not much more to say. It’s a matter that’s been dealt with through the courts. The school has done everything they need to do.”

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At a hearing on October 8, the court was told that police arrested Kirk when they found him behind the wheel of a blue Ford Fiesta at 2.45am after he had been out drinking.

He was arrested from the vehicle which was found near a level crossing in Stowmarket when police arrived at the scene.

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He was found to have 90 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath –more than double the drink-drive limit – and pleaded guilty at court.

The popular teacher, who is actively involved in sports teams for adults and children, was given a 22-month driving ban and was ordered to pay a �500 fine, �85 costs and a �15 victim surcharge.

The ban can be reduced by five months if he successfully completes an awareness course by next August.

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