Driver over limit for second time

A MAN who claimed to be moving his car to outside his friend’s home was found to be more than double the drink-drive limit.

Herickson Rocha (35), of Old Brewery Lane, Long Sutton, caught the attention of police on patrol in Sutton Bridge as he moved his car 100 yards into Wharf Street.

On Thursday, magistrates in Spalding banned him from driving for almost four years and ordered him to pay £300.

Rebecca Ritson, prosecuting, said Rocha had admitted to officers he had been drinking when he was challenged at the roadside on September 10.

A breath test at the police station was delayed when Rocha insisted on going to the toilet and then asked for a Spanish interpreter, she said.

However, Miss Ritson told the court he then claimed to not understand and said he wanted a Portugese interpreter instead.

When a sample was taken, Rocha was found to have 83 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The limit is 35.

Mike Alexander, defending, said Rocha had parked around the corner from his friends, because there were no spaces, and moved the car when one became free.

The court heard how this was Rocha’s second drink-drive offence within ten years.

Magistrates banned him for 44 months, gave him a £200 fine and ordered him to pay £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.