Drink-driving charge

A DESPERATE dash to collect medicine for his ill son prompted a man to get behind the wheel when he had been drinking, a court was told last week.

Tomasz Swistowski was found to be 62 units over the legal drink-drive limit when he was stopped by police and given a breath test in the early hours of July 7. He was also not in possession of a full driving licence.

Prosecuting, Marie Stace said the 26-year-old, of South Square, Boston, was stopped by police on the Market Place as the blue Peugeot he was driving did not have its lights on. He failed a roadside breath test and gave a reading of 97 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath when he was tested at the police station. The legal limit is 35.

When asked for identification he handed over a provisional driving licence.

Swistowski pleaded guilty to driving over the legal limit and driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence when he stood before Boston Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

Mark Hudson, defending, said: “He had not planned to drive but his son became very poorly and he went to his parents’ to get some medicine. He said he knew he had a drink, he was drunk but said he did not feel so drunk that he could not drive.

“He was only stopped because the lights were not on.”

Magistrates disqualified him from driving for 24 months and fined him £240. He also has to pay £85 court costs and a £15 victim surcharge.