Drink-driver ‘blocked in’ by member of the public

Court news.
Court news.

A district judge has praised a ‘public-spirited’ man who blocked in a drink-driver after becoming concerned over her behaviour.

DJ John Stobart declared his appreciation of an unnamed driver during the case of Liga Upite, 50, of Bowman Close, Boston, who pleaded guilty to driving with levels of 117 miligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood (legal limit80).

Upite appeared at Boston Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday when prosecutor Shelley Wilson told the court how the member of public contacted police after becoming so concerned about Upite’s driving that they blocked her in and took her keys off her.

In defence, Carrie Simson said Upite admitted to drinking what she described as a ‘Latvian alcoholic drink used mainly to treat infections’.

She said she had used the drink to self-medicate a chest infection and had ‘felt fine to drive’. Miss Simson added Upite had no desire to drive following the incident.

Mr Stobart said: “I would like to put on record my appreciation of the driver who was public spirited enough to see you weren’t in full control of your car and took certain risks to stop you from driving any further.”

Upite, who cried in court, was given a £300 fine and ordered to pay a £20 victim surcharge and £85 costs. She was also disqualified from driving for 18 months.