A DRINK-driver who was caught behind the wheel while three times the limit has been banned from driving and given a 12-month community order.
Slawomir Szczygielski, 53, of Beresford Close in Burton, admitted being over the limit while driving his Renault Megane on Evershed Way on July 27. A bench sitting at Burton Magistrates' Court was told that when breathalysed by police, Szczygielski was found to have 110 microgrammes in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.
Prosecuting, Emma Thompson, said: "Police officers saw the defendant swerving all over the road before stopping at a red traffic light. When he attempted to pull away, he stalled the car twice. When they stopped him it became clear that the defendant had been drinking."
The court heard that he told police he was only planning to move his car a few hundred yards away from where it had been parked as he believed it to be an unsafe area. He also admitted that he knew he was over the limit when he drove off.
When he was stopped he admitted that he had consumed six or seven pints of Polish lager, which is of a greater strength than those produced in the UK.
In addition to the community order, magistrates ordered Szczygielski to complete 100 hours of unpaid work and disqualified him from driving for 24 months, although this could be reduced by six months if he completes a drink-driving course. He was also ordered to pay costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £60.
Szczygielski, representing himself and speaking through an interpreter, told the court that he was extremely sorry for his actions and that immediately following his arrest he realised that he could have easily put the lives of others in danger.
He said: "I made a huge mistake driving the car while under the influence. I would like to apologise for my actions and can assure you that this will never happen again."