'An expensive day out' – Chef fined for being drunk at East Anglian derby
PUBLISHED: 16:26 09 March 2018 | UPDATED: 09:04 10 March 2018
ARCHANT EASTERN DAILY PRESS (01603) 772434
A drunk Suffolk chef told police he was “not ******** happy” as they took away his ticket during the East Anglian derby, a court heard.
Andrew Ward, 30, was stopped by a police officer as he attempted to enter Carrow Road during Norwich City’s clash against Ipswich Town on February 18 this year.
Prosecutor Fred Sagoe told Norwich Magistrates’ Court today (Friday, March 9), that a police officer said Ward was “unstable on his feet” as he waited in the queue.
He said Ward’s eyes were “glazed over” and his speech was “slurred”.
“He [the officer] described him as being drunk,” Mr Sagoe said.
“As he handed his ticket over, Ward was swearing saying he was not ‘****** happy’ and it was ‘a ******** joke’.”
Ward, of Lincoln Terrace, Felixstowe, was arrested for being drunk and disorderly.
Mr Sagoe said when the defendant was taken into custody he blew twice the legal limit for alcohol.
Ward, who represented himself in court, told magistrates he had been drinking, but said he only had “three pints”.
He pleaded guilty to the charge of being drunk while trying to enter a sports ground.
“I did a 15-hour shift the day before and I was exhausted,” he said.
“I had three pints, that’s all I had. I was not drunk.
“I do agree I did say that to the police officer, but I was not happy. I had been looking forward to it [the game] all year and I was at the gates abut to go in.”
Ward said he had “wasted his money and his time”.
After being fined £100 by magistrates, Ward said: “That was an expensive day out.”