Suspended jail term for pub employee

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A pub worker who drove with nearly four times the legal alcohol limit was handed a suspended prison sentence by magistrates.

Jonathan Kidrowicz (29) had been drinking socially at the pub where he works, Spalding’s Ship Albion, when police followed him from there to Oakley Drive at teatime on August 12.

Shelley Wilson, prosecuting, said Kidrowicz immediately told police he was over the limit.

A test revealed 137 microgrammes of alcohol in breath – the legal limit is 35mcgs.

Miss Wilson said Kidrowicz had twice been convicted of drink-drive offences – in 2001 and 2006.

The 2006 conviction was within ten years of his latest offence, which automatically triggers a three-year ban.

Kidrowicz, of Albion Street, Spalding, was given an eight week prison sentence, suspended for a year, as part of an order that will see him supervised by probation for nine months and taking part in “an alcohol awareness activity”.

He was banned from driving for 50 months, but can cut 12 months off that if he completes a rehabilitation course.

Spalding magistrates also ordered Kidrowicz to pay £85 costs and an £80 victim surcharge.

He pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol.

Presiding magistrate Jenny Frere-Cook told Kidrowicz: “We think this offence has passed the custody threshold because of the high reading and the previous offences.”

Solicitor Rachel Stevens, mitigating, said Kidrowicz is not allowed to drink while working at the pub, but wasn’t working that day and was drinking there socially.

Having had “quite a lot to drink during the course of the day”, he was asked to go out and collect a friend and got into his car without giving a thought to what he had been drinking.

Miss Stevens said he has a high tolerance to alcohol and the police did not complain about the standard of his driving that day. He is not an alcoholic but recognises alcohol has become a problem in his life.