Norfolk drink driver caught four times over the limit

Norfolk Constabulary police vehicle. Picture: James Bass.

Norfolk Constabulary police vehicle. Picture: James Bass. - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2012

A drink-driver was more than four times the legal limit when police caught him in Bury St Edmunds, a court heard.

Keith Nicholls, of Manor Road, Garboldisham, near Diss, was disqualified from driving for 29 months after pleading guilty before Ipswich magistrates to drink-driving and having no MoT.

The 58-year-old motor trader, whose business has an MoT testing station, appeared via a video link from Bury St Edmunds police investigation centre.

Nicholls was also given a 12-month community order with 200 hours' unpaid work.

Prosecutor Tess Mann said a police officer was on patrol in Station Hill, Bury St Edmunds, at around 5pm on June 19 when the defendant's car passed by.

A check showed the vehicle had no MoT.

A subsequent breath test showed Nicholls had 148 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35mcgs.

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Sue Threadkell, mitigating, said Nicholls seemed 'somewhat shell-shocked' following his arrest.

The court heard the father-of-two had been living apart from his wife for the last two months after their marriage hit difficulties.

Nicholls was also told he must pay £85 costs as well as £85 to the victims' fund.