Grantham court: Driver crashed into ditch after drinking

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A 26-year-old who drove with twice the legal limit of alcohol in his breath ended up crashing into a ditch.

Elviss Sveicis, of Kedleston Road, Grantham, pleaded guilty to driving with 70 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath at Gonerby Moor.

Prosecutor Marie Stace outlined how at 2am on March 21 a taxi informed police that a burgundy BMW was in a ditch on Occupation Lane.

Officers attended and Sveicis identified himself as the driver. Although he was coherent they could smell alcohol on his breath, and after testing positive at the roadside he was taken to the police station.

During interview he fully admitted drinking four pints of beer in town that evening before driving to drop off two friends.

Lisa Elkington, defending, highlighted that her client had no previous convictions and had shown remorse during his interview.

Miss Elkington added that the defendant’s job as a self-employed artificial grass fitter for gardens and football pitches, was not at risk with a disqualifcation because someone else could drive the van.

Sveicis was banned from driving for 18 months, with the opportunity to reduce this by 18 weeks through completion of a rehabilitation course.

He must also pay a fine of £200, a victim surcharge of £20 and prosecution costs of £85.