Pilgrim Hospital physio banned from roads after being caught for third time

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A physiotherapist from has been banned from the roads for more than three years – after drink driving for the third time in a decade.

Pilgrim Hospital’s Simbarashe Shahwe will be unable to continue with parts of his job following the 42-month ban, which was imposed at Boston Magistrates’ Court last Wednesday when he admitted driving while over the legal limit.

The 40-year-old was stopped by police when they spotted him driving eratically around Boston town centre in the early hours of December 16, magistrates were told.

Rebecca Ritson, prosecuting, said he went through a changing light on South Square, switched lanes without indicating, and veered when coming off the Bargate roundabout.

When he was stopped and brethalysed, he gave a reading of 62 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

The court was told he was convicted of drink driving in 2003 and again in 2004.

But Beris Brickles, defending, said he had put the past behind him before this incident, and he was ‘ashamed and embarrassed’ to be back before the court.

He said Shahwe had been out with a friend who was visiting from his native Zimbabwe. He had not been intending to drink but did so, and then offered to give some people a lift home.

That was when he was spotted by police.

Mr Brickles said: “The officers’ reaction was to the erratic driving. Whilst I accept alcohol may have affected him, he didn’t feel it would have affected him, and at 3am there were no other road traffic users who would have been affected by it.”

Magistrates said they were disappointed to see someone in Shahwe’s position before the courts yet again for this offence, when he had seen first hand the consequences of accidents caused by drink drivers.

Along with a 42-month driving ban, Shahwe, of Wybert Crescent, Wyberton, was fined £400 and told to pay a £40 victim surcharge and £85 court costs.