Man drank brandy before getting behind the wheel

Poor driving alerted police to a possible drink-driver in Boston – but they were unable to gain a useable breath test, a court was told.

Officers stopped Urbas Mindaugas on South Street after they considered him to be driving ‘improperly’ in the early hours of September 30, Boston magistrates heard.

He failed a roadside breath test, but did not manage to provide a full breath sample at the police station after he was arrested, the prosecution said.

On Wednesday, the 39-year-old, of Windsor Bank, Boston, pleaded guilty to failing to provide a specimen and driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence, as he has not yet passed his driving test.

David Lee, defending, said Mindaugas had been driving to collect a parcel from somebody else in Boston.

He added: “He accepts he had what he described as a tumbler of brandy, but he felt OK to drive and didn’t think he was over the limit.”

The solicitor added that Mindaugas had not refused to comply with the breath test, but had not been able to provide a full sample.

Magistrates fined him £150 and ordered him to pay a £15 victim surcharge and £85 court costs. He was banned from driving for 17 months.