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Second person charged with drink-driving in Norfolk as blitz continues

PUBLISHED: 06:10 04 December 2014

Drink-drivers are to be named and shamed. Pic: John Giles/PA Wire

Drink-drivers are to be named and shamed. Pic: John Giles/PA Wire

A second person in Norfolk has been charged with drink driving and will be named and shamed when he appears at court later this month.

The 42-year-old man was arrested following an incident on the A11 near Wymondham in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Officers concerned over the driving manner of a car stopped the vehicle and the driver was arrested after failing a roadside breath test.

He was further arrested on suspicion of assaulting a police officer.

The man was questioned at Wymondham Police Investigation Centre and later charged with assaulting a police officer and drink driving.

He has been released on bail to appear before Norwich Magistrates Court on Thursday, December 18.

The man is the second person to be charged with drink-driving following the launch of our Name and Shame 2014-15 campaign which has vowed to publicise as many court cases as possible.

As previously reported a 45-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving after police were called to Church Road in Panxworth at 3.30am on Monday following reports a car had hit a tree.

No-one was at the scene when police arrived but enquiries helped officers to later find the driver who was later charged with drink-driving and who will appear at the city’s magistrates court on Monday, December 15.

The arrests come as police reveal more than 250 drivers have now been breathlysed by officers in Norfolk and Suffolk - 113 on Tuesday and 140 on Monday - as part of their annual drink-drive blitz.

Chief Inspector Chris Spinks, head of the Norfolk and Suffolk Roads Policing Unit, said: “Just days into this campaign we’ve carried out hundreds of tests across both counties with the majority being negative.

“It’s disappointing that people are ignoring the risks; having said that it is pleasing that these drivers have been caught and will be dealt with by the courts.”

Last year, 5,547 drivers were tested across Norfolk and Suffolk, with 204 testing positive.

People have been urged to shop drink-drivers by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111, but if someone is about to commit an offence, call 999.

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