Three-year ban after lover’s tiff led to second drink-drive offence

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A LOVER’S tiff caused a motorist to get behind the wheel while he was over the limit – and landed him with a three-year driving ban.

Rafal Gers, of Wyberton Low Road, Boston, had only recently completed a 16-month ban for drink driving when he picked up the keys and drove off in the Mercedes, which he was also not insured for, Boston Magistrates’ Court was told on Wednesday.

When he was stopped by police for routine checks on June 30, he ‘panicked’ and gave false details, as he knew that he had done the wrong thing, magistrates heard.

In court, the 24-year-old admitted driving while over the legal alcohol limit, using a vehicle without third party insurance and obstructing a constable in the execution of his duty.

Jim Clare, prosecuting, said Gers was stopped on Sleaford Road, and failed a roadside breath test conducted after one of the officers smelled alcohol on his breath.

At the police station, he gave a reading of 66 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

Mr Clare added that he had been given a 16-month ban in February last year and, because of that, he would have to serve a mandatory three-year disqualification, which comes into force when two drink-driving offences have been committed in a ten-year period.

Mitigating, Phillipa Chatterton said that Gers ‘just didn’t think’ when he drove off following a minor argument with his girlfriend, having had a couple of drinks.

She added: “He felt completely fit and sober, but that is a mistake many people have made.”

She said the car belonged to his girlfriend, and the couple had not been able to afford to put Gers on the insurance following his disqualification.

Magistrates fined him £400 and handed him the three-year ban. He also has to pay £85 court costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

His driving licence has been endorsed with six penalty points for driving with no insurance.