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Motorist banned for 32 months

PUBLISHED: 11:05 16 April 2008 | UPDATED: 20:08 05 July 2010

A former worker at the Sizewell B nuclear plant was nearly four times over the legal drink-drive limit when he crashed his car into a ditch, a court has heard.

A former worker at the Sizewell B nuclear plant was nearly four times over the legal drink-drive limit when he crashed his car into a ditch, a court has heard.

John McCrorie, 52, had intended to stop by the side of the road to go to the toilet when he drove the car into a ditch at 9.30pm on April 5, Lowestoft Magistrates' Court was told yesterday.

Another motorist called the police, who breathalysed McCrorie and discovered a reading of 130mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath, said prosecutor Tess James. The legal limit is 35.

McCrorie, of Main Street, Yoxford, Suffolk, pleaded guilty to drink-driving. He was banned from driving for 32 months, fined £2,000 and ordered to pay total costs of £75.

Rob Barley, for McCrorie, said his client had spent the evening with friends in Leiston and had intended to stay at a hotel in the town only to find his room had been double-booked. He then made the decision to drive his Vauxhall Astra home.

McCrorie worked for Sizewell B until last week and now intends to return home to Scotland to work at a power station in Ayrshire.

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