Grantham court: Drink driver shopped to police

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A drink-driver was shopped to police by a member of the public when he was seen driving slowly up and down a Grantham street.

Laurynas Jodzko, 24, of Thames Road, Grantham, admitted drink driving and driving without a licence in Houghton Road, Grantham, on February 15.

Prosecuting, Daniel Pietryka said police received a phone call at 5.15am from a member of the public who said people in the car appeared to be staring into parked vehicles on the street. The car was stopped near the entrance to Dysart Park and the driver, Jodzko, failed a breath test.

At the police station a further reading showed him to have 78 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 mcg. He admitted he was driving without supervision on a provisional licence.

Defending, Chris Pye-Smith said Jodzko had been surprised he was over the limit and it was “miscalculation” on his part. He added: “It was his own mistake and he must accept the consequences.”

Magistrates disqualified Jodzko for 20 months for the drink driving offence, fined him £370 and ordered him to pay £85 costs and a victim surcharge of £37. No separate penalty was made for the licence offence.