Driver stopped by ambulance


An ambulance crew were so concerned about the driving of a car in front of them, that they drove in front of it and forced the driver to stop the car.

Melvin Leonard Pearson, 64, of Cole Lane, Stickford, admitted driving with excess alcohol, when he appeared before Skegness Magistrates’ Court.

Paul Wood, prosecuting, said that at 5.30pm on October 23, an ambulance crew driving along the A16 at Burwell, were so concerned at the driving of a Ford Mondeo that they used their emergency lights to stop the car and call the police.

He said they had seen Pearson overtake and then pull in sharply and also hit a car coming in the opposite direction, breaking the wing mirror.

He said Pearson gave a positive breath test and was arrested. He gave a reading of 61 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

Mitigating, Andrew Goldsborough said Pearson, an HGV driver, had admitted to driving home after drinking three beers.

Last Tuesday, he was banned from driving for 18 months but was offered the drink-drivers’ rehabilitation course, which would reduce the period of disqualification by 18 weeks.

He was also fined £120 and ordered to pay costs and charges of £265.