Spalding resident drunk-drove to shop after losing mobile phone

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A man who lost his mobile phone while food shopping has been disqualified from driving after deciding to ride his moped back to the shop in an attempt to find it.

Vairis Vucans (29), of Pennygate, Spalding, appeared at Boston Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday where he pleaded guilty to driving above the legal limit.

Prosecutor Jim Claire said an officer described a motor scooter being driven in a manner which caused him to “believe the driver was impaired”.

He said he described the scooter as “speeding and meandering in the road”.

The officer followed the 
vehicle a short distance before pulling it over and following a positive roadside breath test, Vucans was taken to Boston Police Station where he blew 62 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath (legal limit 35).

In mitigation, Sonia Bhalla said her client, a Latvian 
national who had lived in the UK for three-and-a-half-years, had entered an early guilty plea and had no previous convictions.

She said: “He tells me that on the evening in question, he had been food shopping and had returned to his home 
address and had some food and some drink.

“He then realised that he had lost his mobile phone, so in a panic, he decided to visit the shop from where he purchased his food items and that’s the reason he finds himself in front of you today.”

She said he was fully co-operative with police and was ‘extremely sorry’, adding: “When I asked what he should have done, he accepts he should have walked.”

Magistrates disqualified Vucans from driving for 18 months and ordered him to pay a £250 fine, £25 victim surcharge and £85 costs.