Lowestoft drink driver who ignored interim ban given three year ban

Drink driver Benjamin Hayden.Picture:NO BYLINE

Drink driver Benjamin Hayden.Picture:NO BYLINE - Credit: Archant

A man caught drink driving in his disabled mother's car in Norwich's Riverside car park ignored an interim ban and was caught behind the wheel almost a month later, a court heard.

Benjamin Hayden, 25, was first stopped by a police community support officer in Riverside car park on December 7, last year, and was involved in a struggle with the officer when he tried to get away, Norwich magistrates were told.

Hayden of Ryeburn Close, Kessingland, Lowestoft, gave a reading of 51mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath.

He pleaded guilty to drink driving, assaulting a PCSO, taking a motor vehicle without consent and no insurance, and was given an interim ban.

Mrs Tess Mann, prosecuting, said despite the ban, Hayden was found back behind the wheel on January 4, this year, when he was involved in an accident in Lowestoft, and he refused to provide a specimen.

Hayden admitted further driving offences including failing to provide a specimen and no insurance. The court heard he had a previous driving conviction for aggravated vehicle taking and excess alcohol

He was given a three year driving ban and given an eight week jail term suspended for 18 months. He was also ordered to do 100 hours unpaid work and pay £100 costs.

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Annette Hall, representing Hayden, said he was a full-time carer for his mother and was under a great deal of stress at the time: 'He is very motivated to change his ways.'

The EDP and its sister paper, the Norwich Evening News, have vowed to name and shame motorists who put lives at risk by getting behind the wheel after having too much to drink.