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Spalding Amazon driver sped past police at Surfleet after drinking

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A Spalding Amazon delivery driver who overtook other vehicles, including a police car, at speed while under the influence of alcohol, was just six weeks into a suspended prison sentence for assaulting a police officer.

Mantas Stirbys, 31, of Lansdowne Court, admitted driving with excess alcohol when he appeared at Boston Magistrates Court.

The magistrates heard that police stopped him while he was driving his BMW on the A16 at Surfleet at 12.30am on June 2 because of his high speed and the fact that he had narrowly missed oncoming vehicles when overtaking.

An Amazon driver was caught stopped by the police on the A16 at Surfleet
An Amazon driver was caught stopped by the police on the A16 at Surfleet

It was said his breath smelt of alcohol and he was arrested following a positive breath test, giving a reading of 62 microgramme of alcohol in his breath.

Mitigating, Lisa Elkington said Stirbys' father had died in the days leading up to the offence and he was upset.

She said he had never drunk and driven before and was 'very sorry' but said he had received electro therapy and acupuncture for alcoholism.

She said he was an Amazon delivery driver and would lose his job as a result of the mandatory driving ban.

The magistrates were told Stirbys had been given a suspended prison sentence just six weeks before this offence for assaulting a police officer.

After hearing from the Probation Service, the magistrates banned Stirbys from driving for 17 months but offered him the drink drivers' rehabilitation course, which will reduce the period of the ban by 17 weeks.

He was also ordered to undertake 50 hours of unpaid work for the community and to attend 15 rehabilitation days and they increased the period of his existing suspended prison sentence from 12 months to 15.

He was also ordered to pay a total of £180 in court costs and charges.

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