Man’s dash to King’s Mill Hospital led to drink-drive ban


A man who drove his friend to King’s Mill Hospital after he complained of chest pains was banned from driving for two years after he was found to be nearly three times over the drink-drive limit.

Through a Polish interpreter, Mariusz Sotkowski (32) of Burlington Drive, Mansfield, admitted the charge, along with driving without insurance and a licence, and obstructing a police officer.

Appearing before Mansfield magistrates, the court was told how his friend had taken ill and decided to drive himself, but crashed the car on the way, so Sotkowski got behind the wheel.

A police officer tried to get to the bottom of the issue at King’s Mill, but the defendant grabbed him by his stab vest in frustration.

It took a second officer to take him to the ground.

He was not represented in court, but a probation worker said he knew he should have called for an ambulance, but was ‘fairly close’ to the hospital so took the car.

He was given 120 hours of community service and made to pay £200 costs and a £60 surcharge.