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Former King’s Lynn keeper in court after drink-driving for a third time

Former King’s Lynn Town keeper Alex Street has appeared in court after being caught drink-driving for a third time within nine years.

Eastern Daily Press state how Lynn magistrates heard how he was feeling “pressured” into driving by a mate after they had been to a football match.

The 30 year old had lost his job as a construction worker as a result of the offence on the 27th of November 2021 after he had been stopped on the West Winch (Norfolk) area of the A10 at 11:20pm after police were tipped off about his driving of a Renault van.

Street failed a roadside breath test and was arrested before later blowing 56 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath with the legal limit being 35.

The defendant, of Ecton Grove, Elm, near Wisbech, pleaded guilty to drink-driving and the court learned that he had been banned from driving for 12 months in 2013 and three years in 2016 for the same offence.

George Sorrell, mitigating, said: “Clearly, the aggravating factor is not the reading but it’s his third conviction within ten years.

“I want to persuade you that the defendant does not have an alcohol problem in terms of his life, except that he does have the problem of being before the court for a third time for an offence which carries a maximum imprisonment of six months.

“He has a problem deciding when to drive a vehicle. It’s not against the law to have a drink but it’s against the law to drive when you have had [too much to] drink.

“He’d been to a football match and was intending to leave the vehicle where it was. A friend that he was with asked him to give him a lift home and [Street] describes this as some pressure, as he found it difficult to refuse.”

Alex Street was due to get married in July, but not he might have to be delayed for a while with the ongoing court case.

“It’s a possibility that the wedding may have to be put off. It’s a cloud over the proceedings and a cloud over his life that he’s jobless,” said the solicitor.

Alex Street was banned from driving for four years, with Magistrates choosing not to offer him a drink-driver rehabilitation course, which could’ve reduced his ban, because he had completed and benefited from one twice before.

He was made to do 180 hours’ unpaid work as part of a 12-month community order and pay £200 in costs and victim surcharge.

Alex Street is a record breaking for the Linnets, making the most appearances, 466 games over a ten-year period.

He departed the National League strugglers in October 2020, and then joined Southern League Division One Central outfit Bedford Town and played in a 3-0 league victry at Didcot Town on the day of the offence.

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