Ban for late-night drive

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One beer and “about five vodka shots” led to an 18-month ban for a driver caught behind the wheel in Spalding.

Daivaras Sarkauskis (20), who lives in the town’s Meadowgate Lane, was driving on London Road at 11.45pm on April 4.

Marie Stace, prosecuting, said police officers were driving behind him and “due to his behaviour in the car” he was stopped and failed a roadside breath test.

She said an evidential sample revealed 68 microgrammes of alcohol in breath – almost double the legal limit.

Boston magistrates yesterday (Wednesday) banned Sarkauskis from driving for 18 months and fined him £220 with £85 prosecution costs and a £22 victim surcharge. He can cut 18 weeks off the ban if he completes a rehabilitation course.

Solicitor Andrew Goldsborough, mitigating, said: “He felt he was driving normally but clearly it aroused the suspicion of the police officers.”

He said Sarkauskis went to a party and decided to drive home when he felt sleepy.