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Saturday, 01 November 2014

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Carlisle court sentences Christmas drink-drivers

A court has imposed bans on three drink-drivers who were caught behind the wheel and over the limit in the run-up to Christmas.

The cases heard at Carlisle Magistrates’ Court included Andrzej Szulc, 33, from King Street, Penrith.

A man with no previous convictions, he pleaded guilty to drink-driving on December 15 on the A6 at Eamont Bridge.

A breath test showed he had 83mgs of alcohol in 100mls of breath – more than twice the legal limit.

Prosecutor Adrienne Harris told how the defendant was pulled over by police after officers saw the defendant speeding in his BMW.

Magistrates imposed fines and legal costs of £360, and disqualified Szulk from driving for 20 months.

Douglas Lobbam Milne, 22, of Brisco Road, Upperby, also pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol, as well as possessing cannabis.

The court heard how police found him sitting in his Vauxhall car in a Brampton car park near the town’s Community Centre.

He had just driven along Stanley Road, Brampton, on December 17.

He too had just over twice the legal limit of alcohol in his body at the time.

Officers also found he was carrying a small amount of cannabis in his pocket.

He told the court: “I realise now that I’ve been very stupid, and I’m just glad that nobody was hurt. I’m very sorry for what I’ve done.”

He was given fines and costs which came to £635, and banned from driving for the next 18 months.

Also before the court was Karen Ann Knowles, 48, from Archers Meadow, Kendal.

She too admitted drink- driving, the offence having come to light after her Ford Fiesta was involved in a two-car crash on the A685 at Newbiggin-on-Lune. She too was about twice the legal limit.

Her defence solicitor Martin McAllister said his client suffers from anxiety and depression and had been made redundant in 2012.

“She’s thoroughly ashamed of her behaviour,” he said, adding that Knowles had no previous convictions and the offence was a “one-off”.

Magistrates imposed a 20- month driving ban, and a fine and legal costs totalling £245.

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