Four times the limit but spared prison

A MAN four times the legal drink-drive limit escaped jail when he appeared at Spalding Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.

Tomasz Kedra (26), of Westlode Street, Spalding, admitted driving with 140 microgrammes of alcohol in breath and driving without insurance on April 2.

Magistrates gave him a ten-week prison sentence, suspended for two years, and ordered him to do 200 hours unpaid work.

He was also banned from driving for three years but can cut nine months off the ban if he completes a drink-drive rehabilitation course.

Magistrates fined him £100 for driving without insurance and ordered him to pay £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

Kedra, in court with a Polish interpreter, pleaded guilty to both offences at a previous hearing.

Rebecca Ritson, prosecuting, said police patrolling Spalding town centre at 12.15am found Kedra’s Vauxhaul Tigra stopped in the middle of Albion Street with its lights on and engine running.

As officers approached, the car was driven off and the vehicle veered to the left almost clipping the kerb.

Kedra was stopped near the Castle Sports Complex.

He was the sole occupant and levered himself up to slide into the passenger seat.

Miss Ritson said the roadside breath test showed he had 144 microgrammes of alcohol in breath – and the evidential sample was 140.

Solicitor Mike Alexander, mitigating, said if Kedra were given a ten-week prison sentence he would serve five weeks and the matter would hang over him for just that period.

But it would hang over him for a longer time if the sentence were suspended.

Mr Alexander said: “He was at home and had no intention of driving at all.

He had been in an argument with his girlfriend, he could not control his emotions, she stormed off and he thought he would try and find her.”