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Banned driver gets booze tag

Boston Magistrates' Court (3162142)
Boston Magistrates' Court (3162142)

A SPALDING man who was banned from driving for an excess alcohol offence, offered to drive his friend's car after he felt unwell, a court has heard.

Vadims Cuprikovs, 32, of Kellet Gate, admitted driving whilst disqualified and without insurance, when he appeared at Boston Magistrates' Court.

The court heard that Cuprikovs had been banned from driving for an excess alcohol offence just two months before being seen by police driving a friend's Citroen Picasso car in Cowbit Road on July 1.

Ruth Snodin, prosecuting, said initially Cuprikovs gave false details to the police but after he was arrested, he admitted his real name and that he was disqualified.

Mitigating, Philippa Chatterton said Cuprikovs was a Latvian national but had lived in the UK for 14 years.

She said that when a friend came to pick him up, he complained of pains in his side and so Cuprikovs offered to drive the car home.

She said he thought he would be insured and had not realised the insurance would be nullified because of his disqualification.

“He didn't appreciate the seriousness of this offence,” Ms Chatterton told the magistrates.

The magistrates ordered Cuprikovs to undergo alcohol monitoring for 90 days by wearing an electronic tag, as well as carrying out 80 hours of unpaid work and undergoing 10 days rehabilitation.

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