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Thurs­day, May 24, 2012 LAT­EST BREAK­ING NEWS ON: www.pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk With four pre­vi­ous drink-drive con­vic­tions and three times over the le­gal limit, Shaun Mal­lett crashed his car into a ditch. Now he’s warned: Do it again and you will go to jail

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page - By STEPHEN BRIGGS stephen.briggs@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk@et­stephenb

A WARE­HOUSE man­ager con­victed of drink-driv­ing five times who crashed his car at more than three times the le­gal limit has avoided go­ing to jail.

Shaun Mal­lett crashed his BMW into a ditch in Wer­ring­ton Bridge Road af­ter vis­it­ing two pubs on May 7 this year.

He was spot­ted by pass­ing mo­torists, who had to de­tain him be­fore po­lice ar­rived to ar­rest him.

At the po­lice sta­tion he gave a read­ing of 119mg of al­co­hol in 100ml of breath - more than three times the le­gal limit of 35mg in 100ml of breath.

Mal­lett ap­peared at Peter­bor­ough Mag­is­trates’ Court yes­ter­day, where he pleaded guilty to driv­ing with ex­cess al­co­hol. The court was told he had four pre­vi­ous drink drive of­fences dat­ing back to 1998.

But de­spite his record, the chair­man of the bench Dr Vi­vian Thomas sen­tenced him to four months in jail, sus­pended for two years, and banned him from driv­ing for four years. He was also or­dered to carry out 180 hours of un­paid work and pay costs of £85.

Jackie Car­radice, prose­cut­ing, said: “At 9.30pm on May 7 of­fi­cers re­ceived in­for­ma­tion from a mo­torist about a car in a ditch. “When they ar­rived they found a car in the ditch, with mem­bers of the public hold­ing onto the driver. “He ad­mit­ted he had been drink­ing.

“He said he had been drink­ing in Crow­land and then driven to an­other pub, be­fore go­ing home.”

Jeremy Roberts, de­fend­ing, said: “He wants to apol­o­gise to the court af­ter be­ing out of trou­ble for seven years.

“He booked a taxi but fool­ishly he got into his car.

“He is the man­ager of a ware­house in Deep­ing and man­ages 13 peo­ple. He has been work­ing there for many years.

“To be sent to prison would be a dis­as­ter for him. Be­cause of the eco­nomic down­turn he has been work­ing for many hours and the strain and stress has got to him.

“If he is sent to prison he would lose his em­ploy­ment and his flat. It would be dis­as­trous.”

Dr Thomas said: “We have been ad­vised of your past record, which is ap­palling.

“We have also been ad­vised you had to be re­strained by mem­bers of the public and your level was three times what is per­mis­si­ble.

“With your past record and the de­tails of the cur­rent of­fence, this clearly passes the cus­tody thresh­old. But we are able to sus­pend the sen­tence.

“We sug­gest if there is an al­co­hol prob­lem you should seek help.

“Do not be tempted to go onto any road in any ve­hi­cle.

“With the record you have, and with a sus­pended sen­tence, if you are caught the sus­pended sen­tence will be ac­ti­vated and you would go to jail.”

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