Driver four times the drink limit

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A POLISH factory worker has pleaded guilty to driving while more than four times the legal limit.

Stainslaw Szpatusko, 54, of Barton Road, Bury St Edmunds, was given an eight-week sentence suspended for two years, told to do 100 hours of unpaid work and disqualified from driving for two years at Bury St Edmunds Magistrates’ Court.

Lucy Miller, prosecuting, said that at about 3.30pm on April 30 a police constable noted the driver of a car who appeared to be struggling to keep a consistant line.

Szpatusko was pulled over before being taken to Bury St Edmunds Police Investigation Centre where he was breathalised.

He produced a reading of 158 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath – more than four times the legal limit of 35 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.

In mitigation, Sally Dale said that Szpatusko had left his family and moved to Britain from Poland to find factory work after the company where he held a managerial position went bankrupt.

She said: “He works extremely hard during the week and drinks extremely hard at the weekend.”

Miss Dale told the court that Szatusko had stopped drinking at about 4am on Monday morning after drinking continuously for the entire weekend.

He slept for eight hours before getting up at 2pm to drive to work at 3.15pm.

In a probation report Szpatisko was described as having a nervous condition made worse by strained relations with his wife, who had remained in Poland.

Presiding magistrate Susan Burton-Griffiths said: “We are satisfied that this offence is so serious that custody is the only suitable sentence.”

Szpatusko was also given a supervision requirement for two years and told to pay £85 in costs.