The drink driver was sentenced to jail time after being arrested for the second time

A 38-year-old man has been jailed after he was caught for the second time drink-driving.

Paul Thompson was driving a Renault Clio, on Longfield Road, Littleport, when he caught the eye of an officer at about 11:30 am on 27 February.

Cambridge First Instance Court, St Andrew's Street Picture: Keith Heppell
Cambridge First Instance Court, St Andrew’s Street Picture: Keith Heppell

Thompson was pulled over because he was showing he didn’t have insurance, but the officer realized he smelled alcohol and saw a bottle of vodka in his car.

Thompson admitted he had been disqualified from driving after being convicted of drink driving two years earlier.

He blew 85 micrograms into 100 milliliters of breath – more than double the legal limit of 35 milligrams – and he was arrested and taken to Parkside Police Station in Cambridge.

Thompson, of Sandys Crescent, Littleport, pleaded guilty to drink driving, driving while disqualified, having no insurance and not posting bail court/police at Cambridge Magistrates Court on Monday (20 March). He was jailed for six weeks and banned from driving for 40 months.

PC Scott Giles, of the Rural Crime Action Team (RCAT), said: “Thompson put the lives of other road users at risk and although no one was injured it could easily have been a different story.

“Driving under the influence is unacceptable and we will continue to do everything we can to make the roads safer.

“We are asking people to help us by reporting anyone they think is driving so we can ensure they are dealt with.”

If you wish to report drink driving, we operate a dedicated confidential hotline for members of the public to call and report those who drive under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

The hotline – 0800 032 0845 – is available 24/7, and gives you the opportunity to provide us with information to help reduce the number of alcohol drivers on our roads. For more information about drink driving, the law, and the dangers it can cause, visit:

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