Break-up blamed for drink-drive

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SHOCK resulting from a relationship break-up was given as the reason why a driver drove after drinking, Boston Magistrates’ Court was told last week.

Prezemyslaw Sobkowiak claimed he had gone out for a drink on May 19 after his fiance broke up with him and got behind the wheel to drive back to his home in Fenside Road, magistrates heard.

However, he was found to be over the legal alcohol limit when he was stopped by police on Spain Lane, with a roadside breath reading of 81 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, said Marie Stace, prosecuting. The legal limit is 35.

But after he was arrested and taken to the police station, the breathalyser was found to be broken, and he said he would not give a blood sample for further analysis, as he claimed he was a number of different religions which would prohibit it, Ms Stace added.

Sobokowiak, 22, pleaded guilty to failing to provide a specimen for analysis when he appeared in court on Wednesday. He also admitted failing to stop when directed by a police constable, as he ignored a Pc who was trying to get him to stop on West Street, where he was spotted speeding.

Mitigating, Mark Hudson said: “It seems through no fault of his own that the machince wasn’t working and they requested a sample of blood. He simply refused to give that. He accepts that he should have done and that he has found himself charged with these two offences because of his actions.”

Sobkowiak was banned from driving for 18 months and given a £200 fine. He also has to pay £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.