Drink-driver had been seen ‘swerving over the road’

Court news.
Court news.

Police arrested a man three times the drink-drive limit following a tip-off he was ‘swerving all over the road’.

Another driver followed Edward Swatiek, 49, along West End Road, Wyberton, on December 7.

Prosecutor Ruth Snowdin told Boston magistrates on Wednesday that Swatiek had 106 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres breath – the legal limit is 35.

Swatiek, formerly of Ralphs Lane, Frampton West, and now of Norfolk Street, Boston, was banned for 26 months, fined £300 and must pay £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

Presiding magistrate David Milner-Scudder told Swatiek the ban was so long because of the high reading and danger to road users.

Defence solicitor Phillipa Chatterton said Swatiek, who pleaded guilty, was drinking at a friend’s house and intended to stay there.

She said Swatiek suffers from high blood pressure, felt unwell, realised his tablets were at home and ‘took the risk to drive home’.