Driver went to friend’s aid while over the legal drink limit

A DRINK-driver found to be 50 units over the limit when he was stopped by police after a night out claimed he was going to find a friend who had been assaulted, a court has been told.

Damian Podkowski claimed he was driving from his home in Boston’s London Road to his friend’s house on the outskirts of the town after he heard he had been assaulted in town, magistrates were told.

However, he did not make it to the house, after he was stopped by police and arrested for being over the limit.

The 25-year-old admitted driving while over the limit when he stood before the bench on Wednesday.

Marie Stace, prosecuting, said police had stopped Podkowski after they noticed his car veering across the road at Lister Way. At the police station he was found to have 85 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

In defence, Sacha Waxman said Podkowski had tried to find his friend on foot after he was told he had been attacked, but when he could not, he decided to drive across town to find him at his home.

Miss Waxman added: “He is, quite frankly, mortifed to be in the situation he is in.”

Podkowski was banned from driving for 20 months and ordered to pay a £210 fine, along with £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.