Grantham court: Motorcyclist over limit when he crashed into parked car

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A motorcyclist was caught drink driving and possessing an illegal drug after he crashed his vehicle into a parked car.

Darius Gliebus, 38, of Albion Place, Grantham, admitted drink driving and possessing cannabis on February 14.

Prosecuting, Paul Wood told the court that at 4pm a witness was going back to his parked car when he saw two people on a Honda motorcycle crash into his vehicle.

The witness spoke to both men and they smelled of drink. The driver said he would pay for the damage and asked for the police not to be involved.

Mr Wood said it then looked as if Gliebus was going to run off so the witness detained him and called the police. He was taken to the police station where a positive breath test showed a reading of 91 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes of alcohol. A small amount of cannabis was also found.

Defending, Julian Sheen said that his client denied trying to leave the scene. Mr Sheen added: “He acknowledges it was his fault and said he would pay for any damage.”

The court heard that Gliebus had been working and at the end of his shift he went home and had a drink. He then went out and picked up his passenger. Mr Sheen said Gliebus was a Lithuanian who had been in the UK for four months. He said: “He does not have a drink problem.”

Gliebus was banned from driving for 23 months, fined £200 and ordered to pay costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £20. He agreed to do a drink driver’s rehabilitation course which, if completed successfully, will reduce the ban by 23 weeks.