Helicopter caught Long Melford drink driver

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A DRINK driver was tracked down and arrested after being caught speeding by the Suffolk Police helicopter, writes Neil Bracegirdle.

Carl Daw, of Cordell Place, Long Melford, was spotted driving above the speed limit by the force helicopter and, when questioned by officers, later admitted: “I’ve been drink driving, I know.”

The 21-year-old appeared at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court on Friday and pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol.

The court heard that Daw was seen driving in Long Melford at around 3am on May 6 and was exceeding the 30mph speed limit. Police found his black Vauxhall Astra parked outside his step-mother’s house in Clermont Avenue.

“Officers said his eyes were glazed and he was in an emotional state,” said Lucy Miller, prosecuting.

Daw, who works as a bricklayer, was arrested and taken to Bury St Edmunds Police Investigation Centre where he recorded a breath test of 77 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.

“He fully and frankly confessed to driving, having drank more than he should have done,” said Miss Miller.

Daw, who was representing himself, said he had got a taxi home with his girlfriend after an evening out. The pair then began to argue, resulting in Daw storming out.

“All I wanted to do was to get away and I knew where I wanted to go,” he said. “It is not like me to do that.”

Magistrates gave Daw credit for his early guilty plea before disqualifying him from driving for 20 months. He was also fined £250 and ordered to pay £85 costs and a victim surcharge of £15.