Driving ban for man, 69

A 69-YEAR-OLD man has been disqualified from driving for 12 months and ordered to pay £200 after being caught driving while over the legal drink-drive limit.

Edward Bates, of Lionel Hurst Close in Great Cornard, was handed the ban at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court on Friday.

The court heard that Bates had been drinking at the Kings Head in Great Cornard after a row with his wife on June 14.

After leaving the pub, he was stopped by police in his Vauxhall Zafira in Cornard Road, Sudbury.

When breathalysed, Bates gave a reading of 77 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.

Bates, who pleaded guilty to the charge, was ordered to pay a £100 fine, costs of £85 and a £15 victim surcharge.