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Spalding man was almost four times over the legal limit when he was caught drink driving


By Spalding Court Reporter


A man caught drink driving said he believed he 'would not be a problem to other road users as he drove slowly'.

Valters Lelevs, 42, of Double Street, Spalding, was given a suspended prison sentence when he appeared at Boston Magistrates' Court yesterday (Wednesday), after admitting driving with almost four times the legal limit of alcohol in his body.

He also admitted driving with no driving licence or insurance and without displaying a front registration plate.

Boston Magistrates' Court (16559766)
Boston Magistrates' Court (16559766)

Prosecuting, Shelley Wilson said police saw Lelevs turn into a one-way street in High Street, Spalding, at 8.30pm on September 17 and stopped him.

She said he admitted having no driving licence or insurance and was given a breath test, which was positive.

He was arrested and provided a reading of 129 microgrammes of alcohol in his breath. The legal limit is 35.

Lelevs was stopped by police in Spalding when he turned into a one-way street.
Lelevs was stopped by police in Spalding when he turned into a one-way street.

The court was told he had previous driving convictions in 2010 and 2013 for failing to provide samples for analysis.

Mitigating, Philippa Chatterton said Lelevs appreciated the serious position he was in but said that if he was given a period of immediate custody, he would lose his employment.

The court heard he had been drinking with a friend after leaving work at 5pm and had gone out to buy cigarettes, thinking he would not be a problem to other road users as he 'drove slowly'.

Lelevs was sentenced to 12 weeks in prison, suspended for two years, and was ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work for the community and attend 10 rehabilitation days.

He was also banned from driving for 16 months and ordered to pay £319 for having no insurance and a further £207 in costs and charges.

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