Three times the limit driver set off to buy booze

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A driver was more than three times the legal alcohol limit when he drove to an off licence after midnight to buy more booze.

Police saw Ceslovas Gaidukas “travelling very slowly” in his vehicle along Spalding’s London Road before he turned onto Hawthorn Bank and stopped outside an off licence.

Mr Gaidukas made the foolish but all too familiar decision to drive to buy some more drink.

Solicitor Roger Lowther

Marie Stace, prosecuting, said Gaidukas failed a roadside breath test and an evidential sample revealed he had 110 microgrammes of alcohol in breath – the legal limit is 35mcgs.

A probation report read to Boston magistrates on Wednesday said Gaidukas had consumed two small bottles of vodka and had a further small bottle in the car.

The report said Gaidukas “wasn’t aware of the driving limits and was drinking in anger due to marital problems” and “hadn’t considered his actions or the consequences”.

Solicitor Roger Lowther, mitigating, said Gaidukas had been drinking with his wife of 29 years and the drinking turned into an argument.

He said: “Mr Gaidukas made the foolish but all too familiar decision to drive to buy some more drink.

“Clearly his judgement was clouded by the amount of alcohol that he had consumed.”

Magistrates sentenced Gaidukas to 150 hours’ unpaid work and banned him from driving for 26 months.

The court will allow him to cut the ban by one-quarter if he undertakes a drink-drive rehabilitation course at his own expense.

Gaidukas (48), of St Paul’s Road, must also pay £85 towards prosecution costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

He pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol.