Being a 'good friend' led to drink-drive ban for Boston fork-lift driver

Man banned for drink-driving
Man banned for drink-driving

A COURT has been told that 'being a good friend' had now led a Boston man to have a criminal conviction.

Zymantas Endzelis, 23, of Fishtoft Road,admitted driving with excess alcohol and without insurance when he appeared before town magistrates.

The court was told that a computer check by police found that a Vauxhall Astra he was driving in Carlton

Road at 4.50pm on November 11. had no insurance, and so he was stopped.

He then gave a positive breath test, with a reading of 74 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, the legal limit being 35.

Mitigating, Philippa Chatterton said the car belonged to a friend, who was in the car with him when they were stopped, but because he had had too much to drink, Endzelis decided to drive his friend home in the car.

“Being a good friend means he now has a criminal conviction,” she said, adding that Endzelis was a fork-lift truck driver so was not sure what his position was with regard to his employment.

Endzelis was banned from driving for 20 months but was offered the drink drivers' rehabilitation course which will reduce the period of the ban by 20 weeks.

He was also fined a total of £500 and ordered to pay £115 in costs and charges.