Norfolk drink driver jailed after 60 mile journey along A505, A11 and A14 which was ended after tyre explosion

PUBLISHED: 17:52 03 August 2017 | UPDATED: 17:52 03 August 2017

Norwich Crown Court. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Norwich Crown Court. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY


A man who had twice been banned for drink driving has been jailed after he drove about 60 miles at three times the legal limit - only stopping after his tyre exploded.

Daniel Gammans, 33, was spotted driving in an “erratic” manner, changing speed and “swerving all over the road” on his 60-mile journey from Stevenage to Thetford.

Gammans, who forced one motorist to swerve to avoid him as he came onto the A505, was described as being “crazy” with one driver even thinking he had fallen asleep behind the wheel at one point.

Norwich Crown Court heard motorists were forced to avoid Gammans who drove at speeds of 70mph along the A505, A11 and A14.

Gammans came unstuck when he struck a traffic island near Thetford which resulted in his tyre exploding and him driving about two miles on the wheel rim.

He pulled over at a trading estate in Thetford where he was approached by police. He was unsteady on his feet and found to have a number of bottles of alcohol, still with security tags on, in the car.

Tests revealed he had 108mcg of alcohol in 100mls of breath.

The legal limit is 35.

Gammans claimed he was so shocked about his tyre exploding that he drunk a bottle of wine after he stopped but this was rejected.

Gammans, who has been banned from driving twice before for driving with excess alcohol and also has a drug driving conviction, was sentenced on Thursday, August 3 having previously admitted dangerous driving and theft of the alcohol on May 30 last year.

He had also admitted a separate theft offence on May 12 last year.

Jailing Gammans for a year, Recorder Anthony Clover said: “It’s difficult to choose words which can describe the level of danger that you posed to other road users and members of the public on that day. It was an offence of real seriousness.”

Gammans, of Main Road, Fleggburgh, near Great Yarmouth, was also disqualified from driving for four and a half years and will have to take an extended retest before he is able to get behind the wheel again.

Jonathan Morgans, for Gammans, said he was genuinely remorseful as evidenced by his pleas.

Comments have been disabled on this article.

Other News

34 minutes ago

Several homes at Hemsby are on the brink of collapsing over a cliff edge - as these pictures reveal.

The Hemsby community has been praised for its efforts to support those affected by this weekend’s coastal erosion.

A group of Hemsby residents are breathing a sigh relief this morning after their homes survived a devastating onslaught from fierce waves and high winds.

Fears have again been raised about animal safety at a Norfolk beach after a dog was left in a critical condition from eating palm oil which had washed ashore.

Most Read

Several homes are in imminent danger of collapsing into the sea after wind and waves dismantled part of the Norfolk coastline.

Read more
Thu, 15:30

Perilously close to the cliff edge this home in Hemsby could be one storm away from oblivion.

Read more
Thu, 06:31

It is the coldest week in February for five years and Norfolk’s otherwise popular campsites should be empty.

Read more
Great Yarmouth Borough Council
Yesterday, 12:41

Emergency services are currently trying to evacuate homes in a coastal village.

Read more
Norfolk police
Yesterday, 11:02

A major refurbishment project will see a pub in Great Yarmouth transformed into an American style smokehouse bar and grill.

Read more

Local Weather



max temp: 1°C

min temp: 0°C

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition


Enjoy the Great
Yarmouth Mercury

e-edition today


Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter