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Holbeach St Johns drink driver picked daughter up from school while banned

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Magistrates in Boston branded the actions of a 41-year-old motorist who had picked up his daughter from school while banned and after drinking as 'inexcusable'.

Aivis Kaminskis of Joy's Bank, Holbeach St Johns, admitted driving with excess alcohol, driving while disqualified and without insurance on November 3 last year.

Marie Stace, prosecuting, said police saw Kaminskis driving his Nissan Navara on Joy's Bank at 3.30pm with his nine-year-old daughter, who he had just picked up from school.

Boston Magistrates' Court (46453644)
Boston Magistrates' Court (46453644)

She said he gave a positive breath test and was arrested, giving a reading of 62 micrograms of alcohol in his breath, the legal limit being 35.

She also told the court that Kaminskis had been disqualified until July 2023 following a conviction for driving with excess alcohol in 2019 and an earlier one in 2012.

Mitigating, Philippa Chatterton said that alcohol was an issue for him.

She said he had consumed alcohol after he returned home from work, not expecting to drive again, but he had had a call from the school to pick up his daughter early and he felt he had to go.

After receiving a report from the Probation Service, the magistrates said it was the third time he had been before the courts for this type of offence and on this occasion he had had his nine-year-old daughter with him.

“It was inexcusable,” they said.

Kaminskis was sentenced to a total of 12 weeks in custody, but the magistrates suspended the sentence for two years and also ordered he observe 20 rehabilitation days and three month alcohol abstinence monitoring.

He was banned from driving for 40 months and ordered to pay £213 in court costs and charges.

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