Drink-driver who was more than three times the legal limit could face jail

Norwich Magistrates Court. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Norwich Magistrates Court. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

A motorist who admitted drink-driving could be the worst offender Norwich Magistrates' Court has seen, according to a legal chief.

Richard Thorpe, 42, from The Chase in Holbech, appeared at the court yesterday charged with driving on Redgate Hill, Hunstanton, while more than three times the legal limit. He pleaded guilty.

The incident happened on December 11. Police tests revealed Thorpe had 128mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath. The legal limit is 35mcg.

Prosecutor Oliver Haswell said: 'This is one of the biggest readings this court will probably see in a long time.'

He said Thorpe was driving his partner's Range Rover and he 'shunted' into the back of a car at temporary traffic lights.


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Thorpe was defended by Michael Cole who said family issues needed to be looked at and the case was adjourned until January 13 at King's Lynn Magistrates' Court.

Thorpe was released on unconditional bail and could face prison.

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?A self-employed plasterer has lost his licence after drink-driving to collect memorabilia signed by snooker star Jimmy White.

Alan Landry, 36, who grew up in Great Yarmouth but lives in Liverpool, appeared at Norwich Magistrates'

Court yesterday where he admitted driving under the influence of alcohol.

The court heard he had 56mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath.

Landry was banned from driving for a year and fined £415.

Mr Haswell said Landry, whose late father was manager to Mr White, was stopped by police at 5am on December 11, in his Audi A6 on North Drive, Great Yarmouth.

The court heard Landry enjoyed a snooker exhibition starring Mr White at Spencers Sportsbar in Yarmouth the night before he was pulled over by officers.

Landry spoke to the player about his manager father and Mr White signed a snooker cue and other memorabilia.

Defending Landry, Ian Fisher said he had drunk two brandies and one pint and got a taxi to his mother's home in Caister.

He said Landry drove back to the venue after realising he had forgotten the memorabilia.

Mr Fisher said: 'This really was an unfortunate set of circumstances. He [Landry] is utterly dismayed about it and had not intended to drive.'

?A young driver who crashed into seven road bollards after drinking alcohol has lost her licence.

Stacie Wright, 20, of Carlton Road in Lowestoft, appeared at Norwich Magistrates' Court yesterday and pleaded guilty to drink-driving.

The court heard she lost control of her Renault Clio car on Marine Parade, Lowestoft, at 2am on December 11.

Tests showed she had 58mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath.

Mr Haswell said Wright was 'considerably remorseful'.

Defending herself, Wright said she had gone out the night before and had returned home by taxi at 11.30pm.

She said: 'I had no intention to drive. I was asked to get my friend and I got in my car and lost control.'

Wright was disqualified for 15 months and fined £365.

?An unemployed father-of-four has lost his licence after driving home from a party while almost three times the drink-drive limit.

Jules Kabombo, 41, of Dereham Road, Norwich, appeared at Norwich Magistrates' Court yesterday where he admitted drink-driving on December 11 on Gurney Road, Norwich.

The court heard Kabombo was pulled over by police at 7.35pm.

He had 104mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath.

Mr Haswell said Kabombo had a clean record and was a person of impeccable character.

Kabombo said he had drunk a large glass of wine and a can of cider.

The court heard he had not eaten all day.

He was disqualified for 24 months, fined £170 and ordered to do 120 hours of unpaid work over one year.

?A 44-year-old woman has avoided community service despite being behind the wheel when she was more than twice the legal drink-drive limit.

Robyn Perez, 44, of Charlock in King's Lynn, appeared at Norwich Magistrates' Court yesterday where she admitted drink-driving.

The defendant had 96mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath.

She narrowly avoided a community service order but was disqualified from driving for 24 months and fined

£613.

Mr Haswell said officers stopped her Ford Ka on Edward Benefer Way, King's Lynn, on December 11 just before 10pm because of a defective light.

Defending herself, Perez said she was due to meet her family in town that night and drank alcohol because she was nervous.

She told the court she intended to get a taxi but after learning she had to wait some time for one, she decided to drive.

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