Over-the-limit biker fell off at traffic lights

Court news.
Court news.

A motorcyclist who was nearly three times the drink-drive limit when he fell off his bike at traffic lights, has been given a 26 month disqualification.

Aigars Popmanis, 47, of Holmes Road, Frampton Fen, appeared a Boston Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday and, speaking through a Russian interpreter, pleaded guilty to drink-driving and criminal damage.

Prosecutor Shelley Wilson said officers went to Sleaford Road, at 12.20pm on Sunday, April 13, following a call from a concerned member of the public.

They found Popmanis wearing motorcycle clothing and a motorbike registered to him was found laying nearby - a witness said Popmanis had been riding his motorbike erratically before falling off it as he approached traffic lights.

He failed a roadside breath test and was arrested and taken back to Boston Police Station, where he became abusive and punched a fire alarm, causing it to break and setting it off, said Mrs Wilson.

“At that stage he was also arrested for causing criminal damage,” added Mrs Wilson.

Popmanis then calmed down and gave two samples of breath, the lowest being 105 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres. The legal limit is 35.

Defending, Andrew Goldsborough said Popmanis fully accepted what he had done.

He said Popmanis hadn’t fallen off the bike ‘from a drunken stupor ’but because he had been ‘letting the clutch out’ at the traffic lights.

He said he had been drinking earlier in the day and the night before and didn’t realise to what extent he had drunk.

Popmanis was given the disqualification and also ordered to pay a £440 fine, £85 costs and a £34 victim surcharge.