Grantham court: Drink-driver hit 120mph

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Police clocked a “suped up Audi” travelling at up to 120mph on the A1 – then found the driver was over the alcohol limit.

Grantham magistrates heard how Zydrunas Petrovas, 34, was pulled over on the A1 near Foston on September 12, after overtaking an unmarked police car at high speed. Officers breathalysed him and he was found to have 50 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35mcg.

Petrovas told officers he had drunk two pints of lager, which Stuart Wild, defending, later told the court had been laced by one of his friends.

Mr Wild told the court how the defendant had been to work during the course of the day and had learned that it was a colleague’s birthday, and believed he had only drunk two pints of ordinary strength lager.

Magistrate chairman Susan Painter told Petrovas: “There was a significant aggravating feature in this offence in that you were doing 120mph. It’s completely unacceptable and completely dangerous.”

Petrovas, of Watergate, Grantham, was disqualified from driving for 18 months with the option of reducing by 18 weeks if he completes a drink-drive rehabilitation course. He was also fined £250 and told to pay £85 costs, a £25 victim surcharge and £150 criminal courts charge.