Designated driver banned from roads

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A man drove at nearly twice the legal drink-drive limit despite being the designated driver for the evening, a court heard.

Aaron Ward, from Carleton Close, Great Yeldham, had drunk a “few pints” when he was stopped by police.

Prosecutor Emma Howson told Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court that the 20-year-old was stopped in Meadow View Road, Sudbury, on June 1 at 1.50am.

A breath test showed he had 66 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.

In mitigation, Helen Korfanty said her client had been the designated driver on a night out.

“He had a few pints and thought he would be ok . He is very disappointed with his conduct.”

Ward, who pleaded guilty, was banned from driving for 18 months, fined £100 and ordered to pay costs of £85.