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26-month ban for lorry driver who crashed into tree on A140 in Mendlesham after he admits drink-driving offence

A lorry driver has been disqualified from driving for 26 months after crashing into a tree in the early hours of Sunday morning while more than three times the legal drink-drive limit.

Pavel Noga, 28, failed a breath-test at the roadside following a collision, while travelling southbound on the A140 in Mendlesham, in which he left the road and struck a tree before blocking the carriageway.

Noga, of Rainham in London was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving after blowing 155mcgs at the roadside and taken to Bury St Edmunds Police Investigation Centre.

He was charged after a second reading of 107mcgs - the legal drink-drive limit is 35mcgs per 100ml of breath.

Noga appeared before Ipswich Magistrates Court yesterday and pleaded guilty to the offence before being disqualified and order to complete 160 hours of unpaid work.

He was also ordered to pay £100 in costs and a £95 victim charge.

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