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Joyrider who was three times drink drive limit arrested after ploughing into traffic bollard

Great Yarmouth Police arrested a drunk joyrider who crashed into a bollard. Pic: Norfolk Constabulary

Great Yarmouth Police arrested a drunk joyrider who crashed into a bollard. Pic: Norfolk Constabulary

Norfolk Constabulary

A joyrider was arrested after crashing into a traffic bollard - and was found to be more than three times the legal driving limit when police breathalysed him.

The 35-year-old man was arrested after careering into the bollard in Church Road in Gorleston, close to the St Andrews Church roundabout shortly after 10.30pm on Sunday, December 9.

They said he was arrested for taking a vehicle without consent, drink driving, driving while disqualified, having no insurance and failing to stop at the scene of a road crash.

Police said he tested at 117 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.

Police said nobody was hurt.

The main remains in custody at Great Yarmouth Police Investigation Centre.

The arrest comes in the midst of the winter drink-drive campaign which Norfolk police are running alongside Suffolk police.

Officers in both counties are carrying out extra patrols and roadside checks until January.

Driving under the influence of drink or drugs is one of the “fatal four” factors which contribute to road deaths alongside speeding, using a mobile phone at the wheel and not wearing a seatbelt.

The message behind this year’s campaign is “not all drink-drivers will be young men”.

In last year’s Christmas drink and drug driving campaign more than 3,000 drivers were tested in Norfolk and Suffolk. In total 152 people were found to be over the drink-drive limit while 78 people failed drug driving tests.

The public is encouraged to report any concerns relating drink or drug driving anonymously using Crimestoppers on www.crimestoppers-uk.org.

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