15mph drink-driver had spent day boozing to get over relationship split

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POLICE caught a drink-driver after he “hesitantly emerged” from Queens Road, Spalding, and drove along Holbeach Road at about 15mph.

Mareks Dzelzs (24) had split up with his girlfriend the day before, spent the day drinking and then went out with a friend in the early hours of September 4 for a drive so they could listen to music.

Edward Johnson, prosecuting, said a police officer’s suspicions were aroused because Dzelzs was driving so slowly.

He failed a roadside breath test and a police station test showed he had 67 microgrammes of alcohol in breath – almost double the legal limit.

Dzelzs, of Cradge Bank, Spalding, was banned from driving for 18 months and fined £260 for driving with excess alcohol when he appeared at Spalding Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.

He was fined a further £260 for driving without insurance and ordered to pay £85 prosecution costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

Dzelzs pleaded guilty to both offences.

He can cut four months off the ban if he completes a drink drive rehabilitation course.

Solicitor Rachel Stevens said Dzelzs had broken up with his girlfriend, had been drinking at home with a friend and the friend suggested they went out for a drive in the friend’s car.

“They were just driving around listening to music,” said Miss Stevens. “They actually came to the attention of the police because they were driving so slowly.”