Drink driver, 24, had ‘miscalculated’ intake

A man who drove through Sudbury while over the drink-drive limit has been banned from driving for three years.

Daniel Ashdown, 24, appeared in court on Tuesday charged with driving with excess alcohol and using a mobile phone.

Prosecutor Emma Howson said Ashdown had been spotted driving his Vauxhall Corsa in Girling Street on June 2 at 11.20am while on his phone.

“He was clearly seen by police with a mobile phone at his right ear,” said Miss Howson.

She told Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court that officers stopped Ashdown and ordered him to take a breath test which measured 61 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.

In mitigation, Helen Korfanty said Ashdown, of Leytonstone, London, had been out drinking the night before and had stayed with a friend to avoid driving when over the limit.

“He miscalculated how he felt, having made the decision not to drive while drunk,” said Miss Korfanty. “He was shocked to discover he was over the limit.”

District Judge Celia Dawson banned Ashdown, who admitted to both offences, for 36 months.

He was also fined £450, told to pay costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £45.