Drink-driver was ‘too slow’

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Police found a man drink-driving when they stopped a BMW being driven “quite slowly for the conditions” on Spalding’s London Road,

Rebecca Ritson, prosecuting, said police stopped the car shortly before midnight on June 21.

The driver, Genadijus Smirnovs, had 56 microgrammes of alcohol in breath – 21 above the legal limit.

Smirnovs (33), of Curlew Drive, Cowbit, was banned from driving for three years when he pleaded guilty because he had a previous drink-related conviction.

He can cut nine months off the ban if he completes a rehabilitation course.

Smirnovs was also fined £250 with an order for £85 costs and a £25 victim surcharge.

Solicitor Rachel Stevens, mitigating, said Smirnovs had been drinking that morning to celebrate a friend’s birthday – had the equivalent of a night’s sleep during the day, waking in the evening when he felt “perfectly all right”.