Drink driver returns home in shame after crash

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A man who was caught drink driving in Boston was so ashamed of his actions that he returned to his native Poland, a court has been told.

Artur Domanski crashed through a hedge and into an iron gate when he came off Tattershall Road in his intoxicated state.

When he was arrested and found to be 66 units over the legal limit, he said he did not know where he had been driving or why he had done it.

On Wednesday, the 32-year-old travelled from Lukow in Poland to plead guilty to the offence at Boston Magistrates’ Court.

John Storer, defending, said Domanski, formerly of Browning Court, Tattershall, accepted his actions on February 16 were ‘extremely stupid’.

“He is a man of good character, and he was so appalled at his own stupidity that he decided life in the UK was not for him, and he returned almost immediately to Poland,” Mr Storer added.

During his police interview, Domanski said he had been to see a friend in Boston and ended up drinking some whiskey through the evening, Marie Stace, told the bench.

She said: “He said he had no intention to drink whilst there. He then decided to get in his car and go for a drive, but due to the amount he drank he can’t remember where he was driving or where he was going.”

He was found to have 101 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

Magistrates were forced to go against their guidelines in sentencing Domanski, as he would be unable to comply with the community order normally imposed for his reading. He was given a £375 fine, £85 costs and £37 surcharge, and banned from driving for 24 months.