Death of mother led to Mansfield motorist’s ban

A BOOZY driver who went out drinking after hearing about the death of his mother was handed a two-year ban.

Guntars Zarins (51) of James Murray Mews, Mansfield, had learned about his mother who lived in his home country of Latvia.

Appearing at Mansfield Magistrates’ Court, it was told that the defendant had been upset that he was unable to attend her funeral, and had gone out drinking.

The police had been called after a member of the public saw him mount a kerb on Sandy Lane, Mansfield.

He was breathalysed when they arrived and they found him to have 98 mcgs of alcohol in 100 mls of breath. The legal limit, is 35mcgs.

Defending, Abbie Edwards said in mitigation her client had not drunk alcohol in more than six years, but his drinking was triggered by the anger at not being able to return to Latvia.

She said he had been in Britain for three years and was largely employed during that time. He currently works for Sports Direct.

On top of his ban, he was fined £310 and told to pay £31 victim surcharge and £85 costs.