Drink-driver narrowly missed motorist who tried to stop him

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A MOTORIST who narrowly missed another man after driving at him was found to have an alcohol level more than three times the legal limit, magistrates have been told.

Andris Brencis, of Pulvertoft Lane, had been spotted driving recklessly along Rochford Tower Lane and the surrounding area by other driver, the bench was told. He had been driving on the wrong side of the road, veering from side to side, and several times came off the road, the prosecution said.

Jim Clare, for the Crown, added that at one point he pulled into an old farmyard and was followed by a concerned motorist.

The motorists shouted to Brencis, 32, but got no response, until he turned the car around, spun his wheels and drove directly towards the concerned man.

It was only because he swerved at the last minute and the other man stepped to the side that a collision did not take place, Mr Clare said.

Brencis, who pleaded guilty to driving whilst over the limit and driving dangerously, was later stopped by police along Shore Road and found to be over the limit. A breath test showed he had 115 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

Mitigating, Andrew Goldsborough said Brencis claimed he did not drive at the other man, and in fact it was simply the wet ground conditions which caused him to wheel spin. However, he added that he did not remember much of what was said.

On Wednesday, Boston magistrates decided their powers were insufficient to punish Brencis and sent the case to crown court for sentencing.