Suspended prison sentence for driver

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A driver was more than three times the legal drink limit when he ran into the back of a car – and almost four times the limit when police stopped him again six days later.

Lajos Takacs (54), of Bourne Road, Spalding, was handed a 12-week prison sentence, suspended for a year, and an outright three-year driving ban by magistrates sitting at Boston on Thursday.

As part of the court order, Takacs will be supervised by probation for nine months and undertake a non-residential alcohol treatment requirement for six months.

He must also pay £85 costs and an £80 victim surcharge.

Takacs pleaded guilty to both drink-drive offences on February 24 and the three year ban will run from that date.

Marie Stace, prosecuting, said police were called to an accident at 1.20pm on February 3 in Winsover Road, Spalding, when Takacs collided with the rear of another car.

His alcohol reading was 110mcgs – the legal limit is 35mcs.

Miss Stace said police saw Takacs again at 4.05pm on February 9 when his car turned out of a car park onto Station Road.

Police stopped him in Winsover Road and this time the reading was 136mcgs.

Solicitor Rachel Stevens, mitigating, said: “Clearly this was a week in his life when he made some very, very bad judgements.

“He is a mature man of previous good character who had been through a very difficult time, having lost his mother suddenly.

“He fully accepts that he was drinking too much – he fully accepts that’s a problem.”

Miss Stevens said he had sought treatment from his GP

She told the court: “He has sold his car and he has sent his driving licence back to the Hungarian driving agency and he has no intention to ever drive again.”