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Offshore worker's driving ban

PUBLISHED: 11:07 30 January 2008 | UPDATED: 19:35 05 July 2010

An offshore worker has been banned and fined after admitting driving while over the limit near Beccles.

Oliver Beare, of Wilson Road, Lowestoft, was arrested in December after driving from the Three Horse-shoes pub in North Cove on the A146 with a back wheel missing on his car.

An offshore worker has been banned and fined after admitting driving while over the limit near Beccles.

Oliver Beare, of Wilson Road, Lowestoft, was arrested in December after driving from the Three Horse-shoes pub in North Cove on the A146 with a back wheel missing on his car.

Noticing that he had been drinking while on a date, the landlady of the pub called a taxi for Beare but he left in his own car before it arrived.

He was stopped by police just minutes later on the Barnby Bends, where his car had come to a stop in the middle of the road with a rear wheel missing and the axle touching the ground. He then jumped out of the car and ran into undergrowth before being found by dog handlers at the Rookery Park Golf Club. He had 96 micrograms of alcohol in his blood. The legal limit is 80mcg.

District judge David Cooper said at Lowestoft Magistrates' Court yesterday that Beare had caused a real risk to other road users. He added: “It was incredible that after someone called a taxi, you still got into your own car. But I am sure that being a sensible person you realise the reckless stupidity of your actions.”

He ordered Beare to pay a £1,000 fine and £60 costs. He was disqualified from driving for 28 months.

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