Ban for drink-driver who fetched his girlfriend

Court news.
Court news.

A man who was persuaded by his girlfriend to pick her up after a night out was given a fine for being just above the legal drink-drive limit.

Grzegorz Antczyk, 27, of Lime Grove, Boston, appeared before Boston Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday where he pleaded guilty to driving above the legal limit.

Prosecutor Nick Todd said Antczyk was seen driving erratically by police at 2.10am, on March 16, and was tested positive in a roadside breath test.

He was arrested and taken to Boston police station where his breath was found to have 66 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.

The legal limit is 35.

Defending, Neil Sands said that apart from two previous matters of driving with no insurance and using a mobile phone, Antczyk had not troubled the court in the five years he had been in the UK.

He said on this occasion which was ‘out of character’, his girlfriend had gone out with friends during the evening.

Mr Sands said Antczyk had stayed at home and had some cans of beer before heading to bed, only to be awoken a couple of hours late when his girlfriend rang asking him to fetch her

Mr Sands described his client as: “A man who is woken by his girlfriend in middle of the night with pleads of ‘will you please, please, please come and get me?’ and unfortunately for them he answered that call.”

Antczyk then got in his car and was going to fetch his partner when the police stopped him.

Mr Sands said the defendant was cooperative when he was charged and was the first one to arrive in court that morning

“He has been cooperative from the outset and has entered the earliest guilty plea,” he added.

Antczyk is employed at a factory in Heckington and Mr Sands said he had previously driven himself to work, however, he had found a friend to take him to work and back now.

Magistrates disqualified Antczyk from driving for 18 months, reduced by four months if he undertakes a drink drive rehabilitation course. They also ordered him to pay a £200 fine, £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.