Drink-driver banned after crash at Costessey traffic lights

PUBLISHED: 11:49 14 January 2017

Picture Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Picture Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

A man who was more than twice the drink-drive limit when he crashed his car has been banned from driving.

Stephen Bailey, 32, was involved in a minor crash with another car at traffic lights on Dereham Road, Costessey.

Police attended and breath tested Bailey who was found to have 93mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath. The legal limit is 35.

Bailey, of Colossus Way, Costessey, appeared at Norwich Magistrates’ Court yesterday where he admitted the offence which happened on December 17 last year.

The court heard Bailey’s BMW car collided with a Vauxhall Corsa which was stationary at the traffic lights.

Bailey, who has a previous similar conviction dating back to 2003, was disqualified from driving for 23 months, fined £833, ordered to pay £85 costs and an £83 surcharge.

Chris Brown, mitigating for Bailey, who is the son of Norfolk’s chief constable Simon Bailey, said his client was “racked with remorse” and “deeply ashamed” following the incident.

He said Bailey had been exhibiting signs of depression and anxiety at the time of the incident and was going to be seeking help from his GP.

Mr Brown said Bailey, who had only driven a short distance, had been out Christmas shopping and had a row because of the amount of money involved.

He had consumed alcohol before starting the relatively short trip home.

He said he should be given credit for his plea.

The incident happened during Norfolk police’s annual Christmas drink-drive crackdown which has been supported by this paper.

The EDP has vowed to name and shame as many people as possible convicted of drink driving during the festive drink drive campaign.

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