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Spalding man over drink drive limit after one can

A Spalding man who said he had only drunk one can of beer was over the drink drive limit as 'some beers are now much stronger than in the past', a court has heard.

Edvardas Kratavicius (26), of Tweed Close admitted driving under the influence of alcohol when he appeared before magistrates in Boston.

Prosecuting, Becky Alsopp said he was seen driving with a defective brake light at 11pm on August 15 and was given a breath test, which he failed, although he told the police he had only drunk one can of beer.

Boston Magistrates' Court (51213640)
Boston Magistrates' Court (51213640)

He was arrested and gave a sample of 42 microgrammes of alcohol in his breath, the legal limit being 35.

The court was told Kratavicius had a previous drink driving conviction in 2017.

Mitigating, David Eager said that beers were today much stronger than they had been and it was possible to be over the limit after a single can of beer.

Kratavicius was banned from driving for three years but was offered the drink drivers' rehabilitation course, which will reduce the period of the ban by 36 weeks.

He was also fined £350 and ordered to pay a total of £120 in court costs and charges.

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