Burwell learner banned for drink driving in Ely

A LEARNER driver was caught drunk behind the wheel of his mum’s car after an afternoon of heavy drinking.

CCTV operaters alerted police when they observed a motorist in a Volkswagen Polo driving along High Barns Road, in Ely.

When police stopped the vehicle and opened the driver’s door, they found Samuel James Flack stank of booze and had slurred speech.

The 20-year-old only had a provisional licence at the time of the offence at 6.20pm on Thursday, September 2 and has since been disqualified for a 12 months before he has even passed his test.

The Burwell Hostel resident also landed a �100 fine and has to pay �85 costs, as well as a �15 victim surcharge.

Sentencing Flack at Ely Courthouse on Thursday, magistrate David Bredin said: “You’ve been rather silly, haven’t you?”

He added: “It was desperately lucky you didn’t cause injury to someone.”

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Defending, Jacqui Baldwin said: “In any event, he shouldn’t have been driving his mum’s car.”

Flack, who was made redundant from his job as a glass manufacturer a few weeks ago, can get his disqualification reduced if he goes on a drink-drive rehabilition course by April 2011.