Court clamps down on Binge drinking

THERE were a few raised eyebrows in Huntingdon Magistrates Court last week when Mr Binge faced a drink-driving charge. Andrew Binge, 28, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol on his breath in Grove Way, Bury, in December last year. Prosecutor Joh

THERE were a few raised eyebrows in Huntingdon Magistrates' Court last week when Mr Binge faced a drink-driving charge.

Andrew Binge, 28, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol on his breath in Grove Way, Bury, in December last year.

Prosecutor John Goodier told the court how Binge, of St Neots High Street, had hidden in a bush when the police stopped him.

Binge also admitted possession of cannabis, amphetamines and wilfully obstructing the police.

Mr Goodier said: "At 2.15am on Saturday December 9, police followed a white Ford Transit van into Grove Way.

"Upon stopping the vehicle, the passenger and driver fled, with the defendant later found hiding nearby."

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At the police station Binge recorded a reading of 49microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 millilitres.

Mitigating, Mark Shelley said that Binge's decision to hide in a bush to evade detection was 'silly'.

Magistrates banned Binge from driving for a year and fined him £320, and ordered him to pay £60 costs.

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