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Drink-driver nabbed just FOUR minutes into 2014

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 06, 2014

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A BURTON man was clocked driving at more than 100mph on a motorway while above the legal alcohol limit.

Omer Karzan, 32, of Ash Street, was arrested by traffic cops on the Aston Expressway, in Birmingham, at 12.04am on New Year’s Day.

Officers in an unmarked police car had spotted him driving erratically and pulled him over.

Karzan was found to have 56 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.

Karzan, who was born in Iran, appeared at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court later that day.

He pleaded guilty to drink-driving, and driving without due care and attention.

The car valeter was in a Jaguar which was initially spotted speeding on the A38(M), which links the M6 to Birmingham city centre.

The Central Motorway Police Group tweeted about the incident, posting: ‘Have arrested our first drink-driver of 2014 at four minutes past midnight. Driving at 100mph along Aston Expressway.’

It is believed Karzan was driving in excess of 100mph when he was stopped. He is due to be sentenced on January 10.

The case came as police forces in East Staffordshire and South Derbyshire concluded a month-long campaign to clamp down on drink-drivers.

Staffordshire Police have released figures which show 86 people were charged with the crime between December 1 and 31.

Derbyshire Police are set to release figures later in the week.

A Twitter campaign by Staffordshire Police attracted national media attention for its naming of anybody that was charged with drink-driving. The #DrinkDriversNamedOnTwitter scheme was used as a deterrent tactic by the force, but brought a backlash from members of the community who felt it breached people’s human rights.

There was even a call for the county’s police and crime commissioner, Matthew Ellis, to resign.

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