A driver who was more than two and a half times the alcohol limit when stopped by police had been drinking with a friend after helping him move house, magistrates were told this week.
Tomas Jegeris, 27, pleaded guilty to charges of drink-driving and driving without insurance during a hearing in Lynn on Monday.
The court heard he had been stopped by police on Blackfriars Road in Lynn on February 26 when they saw him driving very slowly. A light on his van was also not working. After failing a roadside breath test, later samples showed Jegeris had 92 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.
Mitigating solicitor George Sorrell said his client had been helping a friend move his possessions from one house to another and stayed to drink alcohol with him afterwards.
He said: “That wouldn’t have been a problem had he not decided to drive home.”
Mr Sorrell added Jegeris, of Peterborough, had been concerned he may be sent to prison because of the high reading, and said there was “every indication” he had learned from the case.
Jegeris was banned from driving for 23 months and fined £200. He was also told to pay £85 costs, plus a £30 victim surcharge.