Praise for the police

PUBLISHED: 11:06 08 March 2007 | UPDATED: 12:18 04 May 2010

AFTER admitting his fourth drink-driving offence, Ely man Michael Elsdon was banned from the road for 45 months. CCTV operators had alerted police to Elsdon, who was behind the wheel of a Vauxhall Corsa in Newnham Street - and they found he had a can of b

AFTER admitting his fourth drink-driving offence, Ely man Michael Elsdon was banned from the road for 45 months.

CCTV operators had alerted police to Elsdon, who was behind the wheel of a Vauxhall Corsa in Newnham Street - and they found he had a can of beer with him.

Appearing at the city courthouse on Thursday, 56-year-old Elsdon was generous in his praise of police officers who arrested him.

"I would like to compliment Cambridgeshire Constabulary, for the way they treated me, their kindness and consideration," he told the magistrates.

Elsdon, of Lantern Court, High Street, Ely, admitted giving a breath test more than double the legal alcohol limit on February 26.

The court heard that one of his previous drink-drive convictions dated back to 1999, when he was jailed for five months and banned from driving for five years.

After telling the court he was unable to get a job because he was over-qualified, Elsdon was fined £200 with £70 costs.

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