Grantham court: Motorist quits job after drink drive conviction

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A motorist has handed in his notice at work after drink driving in Grantham.

Tamas Zsolt Lauko, 46, of Clifton Court, Grantham, admitted drink driving in Oxford Street on August 8.

Prosecuting, Marie Stace said that police saw Lauko’s BMW at 3.35am. It was being driven very slowly and was swerving and drifting into the middle of the road. They saw the car brake suddenly and swerve to avoid a parked vehicle. The car turned into Oxford Street and was stopped by the officers.

They smelled alcohol on Lauko and he was asked to take a breath test which proved positive. He was taken to the police station where a further test resulted in a reading of 87 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 milligrammes. The court heard that Lauko had no previous convictions.

Defending, Julian Sheen said: “He immediately admitted the matter and was compliant with the police and has pleaded guilty at the first opportunity. He is very ashamed of what has happened.

“As a result of this, he has handed in his notice and so he will be on a much reduced income. He was more than twice the legal limit and he knows he will suffer the consequences which are already significant.”

Magistrates disqualified Lauko from driving for 22 months. He was fined £275 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £28 and costs of £85.

He will be able to reduce his ban if he successfully completes a drink driver’s rehabilitation course.