Grantham court: Driver in crash after drinking

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A motorist suffered a suspected broken collarbone when he was in collision with a drink driver.

Gabriel Tomasz Gruszka, 22, of Welland Court, Grantham, admitted drink driving on July 6.

Prosecuting, Tracey Ross told the court that on July 6 at 9.15pm in Springfield Road, Gruszka’s Audi A4 collided with an oncoming vehicle. The other driver suffered injuries and Gruszka gave a positive breath test to police. At the police station a further test gave a reading of 50 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.

Bill Frasier, defending, said Gruszka was extremely sorry for what had happened. He said Gruszka had recently got a new job in Newark, but that would be put at risk when his client lost his licence.

Gruszka was disqualified from driving for 12 months and fined £200 with costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £20. He was offered a drink drivers’ rehabilitation course which will reduce the ban by three months if completed successfully.