Drink-driver trapped

PUBLISHED: 11:35 09 August 2007 | UPDATED: 12:43 04 May 2010

A DRINK-driver who turned round his vehicle when confronted with a police cordon was followed home by an unmarked patrol car. Michael Parker later told officers that he had drunk a couple of cans of strong lager because his son had been beaten up, and he

A DRINK-driver who turned round his vehicle when confronted with a police cordon was followed home by an unmarked patrol car.

Michael Parker later told officers that he had drunk a couple of cans of strong lager because his son had been beaten up, and he had been threatened with a knife and a pitchfork

At Ely courthouse on Thursday, Parker, 39, of Maryland Avenue, Swaffham Bulbeck, admitted drink-driving and was banned for 16 months. He was also fined £100 with £85 costs and a £15 surcharge.

Police had set up a road block in Lode at about 9pm on June 8, said prosecutor Matthew Bradbury. Two plainclothed officers parked at Bottisham Village College heard that Parker had turned his Transit van around when approaching the cordon.

The vehicle was followed and seen speeding and swerving. Parker gave an alcohol test reading of 61 mcgs of alcohol in 100 mls of breath - the legal limit is 35 mcgs.

Parker told magistrates: "I am very sorry ... it was a stupid thing to do.

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