Bipolar man was double legal drink drive-drive limit

A SUDBURY man continually swore at police officers after being arrested for drink driving, a court heard.

Jason Layburn, of Crayford Road, Sudbury, appeared before Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court on Friday charged with drink driving, indecent behaviour and driving without insurance.

The court heard that Layburn, 42, had been drinking in Sudbury when he was spotted by officers looking unsteady on his feet shortly after midnight on May 14.

Prosecuting, Lesla Smith said that Layburn was then seen driving a green Mini in King Street at around 12.25am and was stopped by police.

He was breathalysed and recorded a reading of 69 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.

Layburn was taken to Bury St Edmunds Police Station where he repeatedly swore at officers despite warnings about his behaviour, said Mrs Smith.

In mitigation, Nick Wray said his client had only recently been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

“The illness has affected him and he miscalculated how much he had to drink,” said Mr Wray.

“He is remorseful and is now receiving medication.”

Layburn, who pleaded guilty to the charges, was disqualified from driving for 18 months.

Fiona Crabtree, chairman of the bench, also ordered him to pay a £300 fine, £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.