A DRINK driver was snared by police officers after they suspected he was deliberately trying to avoid them.

Glen Doolin was signalled to stop by an officer in Rosemary Road, Clacton, at around 2.20am in December last year.

Sharon Hall, prosecuting at Colchester Magistrates’ Court, said: “He saw the vehicle making manoeuvres which appeared to the officer to be an attempt to avoid them.”

When the officer spoke to Doolin he smelled alcohol on his breath.

“He was taken to the police station where he was compliant with the procedure,” said Ms Hall.

“He has no convictions or cautions recorded against him.

“He is a man of good character.”

A breath test recorded Doolin had 43mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath, over the legal limit of 35mg.

When asked how the conviction would impact on his life, Doolin replied: “I won’t be able to work or pay rent.”

Doolin, 22, of Little Stone Court, Clacton, admitted a single drink driving charge.

Magistrates banned him from the roads for a year and ordered him to pay £547 in fines and court costs.