Suffolk drink drive PC banned and faces losing job

A police officer involved in a chase with two patrol cars has been banned from driving for a year and fined £1,115 for drinking and driving.

PC Matthew Stott admitted driving while over the legal alcohol limit on the A14 in Suffolk in September.

Norwich Magistrates' Court heard the police cars tried to box him in but had to abort the manoeuvre when it became clear he would not stop.

He was breathalysed and arrested when he reached his home in Stowmarket.

Prosecutor Oliver Haswell told the court that Suffolk police officer Stott - who admitted a separate speeding offence in 2009 but kept his licence and his job - had failed to stop because he thought it was "former colleagues playing a prank".

The cars pursued him with flashing blue lights after officers spotted a defective rear light.

'Parlous finances'

Stott claimed to have had two large glasses of wine before driving the car.

The court heard he told his female passenger: "My job, my job, I'm going to lose everything and I've only got six years left."

Heather Oliver, mitigating, said the police pursuit had lasted "only five minutes".

His breathalyser reading of 44 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath was only narrowly over the legal limit of 35, she added.

Miss Oliver said that Stott had "parlous" finances and his 24-year career was now "effectively over".

She said: "He will be punished over and above what many defendants would face in a similar situation."

District judge Peter Veits said: "You must deal with drink driving on a regular basis and you must see the consequences of that.

"It was a very unwise decision to drive that night and you exacerbated that by not stopping for the police."

In 2009 Stott was convicted at South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court of driving at more than 30mph above the normal limit.

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