Lonely delivery driver crashed while over limit

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LONELY delivery driver Marcin Lis overturned his car into a ditch on Bourne Road, Spalding, when he had too much to drink on the night he went out to see a pal.

Lis (33), of Dozens Bank, West Pinchbeck, has no family in this country and was finding it difficult to cope with the Christmas period, solicitor Rachel Stevens told Spalding magistrates on Thursday.

She said he was feeling very low and went out to speak to somebody, but failed to take account of the alcohol he had drunk earlier in the evening.

Miss Stevens added: “He fully accepts this accident happened because he wasn’t in a fit state to be driving. He is devastated to find himself in this position.”

Rebecca Ritson, prosecuting, said police were called to the accident on the evening of January 8.

The car driven by Lis left the road and travelled 50-75 metres over the grass verge before ending up in a ditch and hedge and turning on to its nearside.

A test later showed he had 73 microgrammes of alcohol in breath – more than double the legal limit of 35mcgs.

Lis pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol and was banned from driving for 20 months, fined £100 and ordered to pay £85 costs with a £15 victim surcharge.

He can cut five months off the ban if he completes a rehabilitation course.

Presiding magistrate Madge Marshall-Brown said: “We understand that you were not hurt and no one else was hurt, which is good.”