Hunstanton man caught speeding four times in three days, court said


A West Norfolk chief who was arrested for speeding four times in three days has also been banned for drunk driving.

The offenses occurred six months apart, but Paul Bowman, 45, was disqualified from both cases when he appeared in Lynn Magistrates’ Court Thursday.

The case of excess alcohol occurred in Lynn on June 14, 2021.

King’s Lynn Magistrates’ Court (48591494)

“Police have been alerted by a third party about a silver BMW and the driver being potentially drunk,” said prosecutor Priscilla Afful-Mensah.

Bowman, of High Street, Hunstanton, was arrested on the A149 and told police he had had a few glasses of wine with a meal in Cambridge.

He failed a roadside breathalyzer test and, while in custody, gave a reading of 83 micrograms of alcohol in 100 milliliters of breath. The legal limit is 35.

The court heard that he had already been convicted of drunk driving in 1997.

Bowman was also convicted of four speeding offenses – all within 60 mph limits in quick succession.

It was clocked at 75 mph at Dersingham at 6:02 a.m. on December 20, 2020 and at 71 mph at Castle Rising at 3:51 p.m. on the same day.

And on December 23, it was 79 mph in Dersingham at 3:35 and 82 mph on the A17 ten minutes later.

David Foulkes, mitigating, said the drinking and driving offense occurred on a return train trip to Cambridge from Lynn, where Bowman left his car.

He had arranged a taxi from the station but canceled it after receiving a phone call informing him that he would need his car at home early the next morning.

“It appears the cab company or someone else at the station alerted the police that Mr. Bowman was walking away,” Mr. Foulkes said.

For drunk driving, Bowman was disqualified for 20 months, which can be cut short with the completion of a rehabilitation course. He was also fined £ 250 and costs £ 105, plus a victim fine surcharge of £ 66.

For the speeding infractions, he received a total of 15 points and a six month suspension (for running concurrently) under the totting procedure. He was also fined a total of £ 415 and costs of £ 380.


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