Call to go home led to a 21-month driving ban

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A drinker didn’t “examine all of the options open to him” when he received a call asking him to go home.

Arvydas Vaitiekunas got behind the wheel of his Vauxhall Vectra, but police stopped him on the A17 at Saracen’s Head on October 4 – and found he had 84 microgrammes of alcohol in breath, more than double the legal limit.

Vaitiekunas (45), of Churchgate, Sutterton, was banned from driving for 21 months, fined £220 and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £22 victim surcharge when he appeared at Spalding Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.

Magistrates allowed him the chance to reduce the ban by five months if he completes a rehabilitation course.

He pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol.

Solicitor Daven Naghen, mitigating, said Vaitiekunas had been to a party in King’s Lynn with the intention of staying overnight.

He lives in a house of multiple occupation and while he was away had a phone call asking him to come home.

Mr Naghen continued: “He doesn’t examine all of the options open to him and takes the unfortunate decision to drive.”

He said there were no aggravating features to the case and he was described by the police who dealt with him as being “calm and compliant.”

Vaitiekunas had no previous convictions.