Crash driver was double drink limit

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A driver flagged down police after hitting another car when he was more than double the legal drink-drive limit.

Igors Butkis was on the wrong side of the road in his red Toyota Avensis when he hit the car where Spalding’s Church Street and Halmer Gate meet, magistrates heard.

Rebecca Ritson, prosecuting, said the accident happened at 2.30pm on February 15.

The woman driver of a black Citroen reported Butkis was on her side of the road when his car hit hers and witnesses confirmed that.

Miss Ritson said Butkis carried on to the Vista car park and flagged down police from there.

Butkis (28), of Medlock Crescent, Spalding, pleaded guilty to driving with 75 microgrammes of alcohol in breath – the legal limit is 35 mcgs.

He was banned from driving for 20 months, fined £280 and ordered to pay £85 costs with a £28 victim surcharge.

Butkis can cut five months off the ban if he goes on a rehabilitation course.

Solicitor Anita Toal, mitigating, said Butkis was not trying to evade detection and flagged down police himself.

She said he can still easily walk to work at Kerry Foods, but his wife doesn’t drive and works five miles away at Morrisons meat plant.

“It is not clear the accident was his fault, but obviously he had been drinking and he accepts that,” she said.