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Ban for drink-driver

PUBLISHED: 10:08 07 November 2008 | UPDATED: 21:43 05 July 2010

A driver wrote-off his car in a crash after drinking about six pints of lager at a pub, a court has heard.

Unemployed joiner Simon Norman, 33, drove into the back of a parked car shortly after leaving the Broadview bar, in Oulton Broad, near Lowestoft.

A driver wrote-off his car in a crash after drinking about six pints of lager at a pub, a court has heard.

Unemployed joiner Simon Norman, 33, drove into the back of a parked car shortly after leaving the Broadview bar, in Oulton Broad, near Lowestoft.

He drove off, leaving a trail of oil and water from his car, which broke down a short distance away, Lowestoft Magistrates' Court was told.

Norman of Burlingham Drive, Carlton Colville, pleaded guilty to drink-driving at a previous hearing and was banned from the roads for two years yesterday.

Corrinne Gook-Hurren, prosecuting, said Norman went into the Broadview at about 5pm on October 21 and emerged at 10.30pm after drinking about six pints of lager.

People who witnessed the incident called the police and a breathalyser test showed Norman had 93mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath. The legal limit is 35.

“He had his head slumped on the steering wheel and was staggering when he got out of the vehicle,” added Mrs Gook-Hurren.

Rob Barley, for Norman, said: “The circumstances are rather odd. He went back to his car to get some cigarettes and his recollection was it was on the spur of the moment that for some crazy reason he started driving. It was totally out of character and he is puzzled to why he behaved in the way he did.”

Mr Barley added that Norman, who was also ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work and pay £60 costs, had little memory of the crash, which left his car a write-off.

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