Rugby motorist banned for third drink-driving offence

A Rugby motorist has been banned from driving for nearly four years - for his third drink-driving offence.

Nicholas Paul Francis Blaszcuk, who was just over 2½ times the limit, attempted to run away after crashing into a barrier, a court heard.

The 32-year-old night shift worker, of Barby Road, Rugby, appeared before Nuneaton magistrates on Tuesday (August 13) after admitting driving with excess alcohol in Bilton Lane, Rugby, on July 27.

The case had been adjourned for preparation of a pre-sentence probation report.

Prosecutor Naila Iqbal said shortly before 8pm police received a report of a road traffic collision in Bilton Lane, where the driver of a Honda Civic had left the car and tried to run away but was detained by a member of the public.

“The Honda Civic had crashed into a barrier at the junction of Bilton Lane and Rugby Relief Road.

“He [the driver] said he had been involved in a collision and that his brakes had failed.”

A test showed Blaszcuk had 88 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35mc.

Miss Iqbal said Blaszcuk had two previous drink-driving offences on his record.

Blaszcuk told magistrates he worked nights as a truck driver at Crick but was off sick awaiting an MRI scan.

He added: “I have a lot of back problems at the moment. I have been off work.

“I have had a lot of other problems and I have been drinking quite a lot recently. I think drink got out of hand a little bit.”

Blaszcuk was sentenced to a 12-month community order, with 12 months’ supervision and a six-month alcohol treatment requirement, and given a two-week 7pm-7am curfew.

He was told to pay £90 costs, with £60 victim surcharge, and banned from driving for 46 months. But the ban will be reduced by 46 weeks if he completes a drink-driver rehabilitation course by May 18 2016.

Presiding magistrate Jenni Taylor told him: “We have taken into account that this was your third offence of driving with excess alcohol within ten years.

“However we are offering you the rehabilitation course for a third – and hopefully, final – time.”