Drink-driver who planned to surprise girlfriend with a new car ‘drowned his sorrows’ in the vehicle after finding her in bed with best friend

Court news.
Court news.

A man who found his girlfriend in bed with his best friend when he went home to surprise her by giving her a car as a present and to ask her to marry him was caught drink-driving in the vehicle after ‘drowning his sorrows’.

Magistrates at Boston were told that after finding them together, he then sat drinking in the car, a Ford Focus, in a car park before driving to a friend’s house, but was arrested on the way after being stopped by the police.

Viesturs Jekmovs, 37, of Spilsby Road, who had admitted driving with excess alcohol and with no insurance for the car, said Jim Clare prosecuting, had given a reading of 114 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, more than three times the legal limit of 35.

Suleman Baig, mitigating, said Jekmovs had only bought the car that day and intended making a surprise visit to his girlfriend to give her the car and ask her to marry him.

However, he said, ‘when he did, he found her in bed with his best friend’, so he left to avoid trouble, bought some alcohol and sat in the car on a car park consuming it.

He said he eventually phoned a friend who told him to go to his house and that was where he was driving to when he was stopped.

Mr Baig said it was Jekmov’s first offence and he apologised.

The magistrates imposed a 12 month community order with 150 hours of unpaid work and ordered him to pay £170 in costs and charges.

He was banned from driving for 27 months.

But there was a happy ending, said Mr Baig, the couple had now reconciled and were getting married in the summer.