Speeding motorist ‘thought he was sober enough to drive’

A MAN who fell foul of the common mistake of feeling sober enough to drive after a night out found himself in front of magistrates last week.

Darius Suma was found to be over the drink-drive limit when he was stopped by police for speeding in the early hours of July 7, the bench was told on Wednesday.

He claimed he had taken some friends home after drinking four or five beers and had not considered he might be over the limit, said Andrew Goldsborough, defending.

Suma, 25, admitted driving while over the limit and using a car without a test certificate.

Rebecca Ritson, prosecuting, said police followed Suma to his home in Frampton Place, Boston, after they spotted his Volkswagen speeding. After checking the police national computer they also discovered his MoT ceritifcate had expired.

When he was stopped he failed a roadside breath test and gave a reading of 62 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath at the police station. The legal limit is 35.

Mitigating, Mr Goldsborough said: “He felt fit to drive. He fully accepts now that it was the wrong thing to do,”

Magistrates fined Suma £220 and ordered him to pay £15 victim surgcharge and £85 court costs.

He was also banned from driving for 17 months.