No insurance and three times drink-drive limit

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A LATVIAN motorist drove his friends into Spalding town centre when he was about three times over the legal drink drive limit.

Vadims Zmicerevskis (33), of Kellet Gate, Low Fulney, did not think he was “very drunk” when police officers stopped him after swerving “several times” while driving his Vauxhall Vectra along Commercial Road on August 7.

He was disqualified from driving for two years and ordered to do 100 hours unpaid work by Spalding magistrates last Thursday after pleading guilty to driving a motor vehicle when above the legal alcohol level limit.

Zmicerevskis, who was not represented in court, had a reading of 107 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath when the legal limit is 35 microgrammes.

He also admitted to driving without insurance for which there was no separate penalty.

Edward Johnson, prosecuting, said Zmicerevskis was initially seen driving on Holbeach Road, Spalding, by police at about 10.15pm on the day of the offence.

Mr Johnson said: “Officers noticed that headlights weren’t displayed and it was dark at the time, so they followed the vehicle as it drove along Commercial Road in Spalding.

“The vehicle swerved several times for no apparent reason and the officers indicated for the vehicle to pull over.”

Zmicerevskis was arrested and taken to Spalding Police Station where the positive breath test was given and police found that he had no insurance for his car.

Sandie Hutchinson of Lincolnshire Probation Trust, who interviewed Zmicerevskis before sentence, said he chose to drive after drinking “at least” six cans of beer at home with friends who asked him to drive them into Spalding town centre.

“He wouldn’t describe himself as being very drunk but he recognises the danger he posed by driving with an alcohol level above the precscribed limit,” Miss Hutchinson said.

Zmicerevskis was ordered to pay costs of £85.