Ipswich: Craving for a kebab leads to drink-driver’s road ban

IPSWICH: A man’s craving for a kebab has led to him being disqualified from the road for drink-driving.

Martin Skabs, of Woodbridge Road, admitted driving a car while above the legal alcohol limit when he appeared at South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court.

He also admitted taking a car without the owner’s consent, driving without insurance and possessing cannabis.

Collette Griffiths, prosecuting, said Skabs was seen by a police officer driving a Vauxhall Astra in Crown Street, at 2.25am on May 5.

The vehicle was weaving from side to side and Skabs was driving slowly.

When the Astra was stopped the officer smelled alcohol on Skabs’s breath. A small amount of cannabis was also found on him.

The court was told the car’s registered keeper, who shares a house with Skabs, left the keys on the living room table before going to bed.

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At some point during the night the car went missing and Skabs was said to have been the only one with access to the keys.

A breath test showed Skabs had 55 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35mcgs. Jeremy Kendall, mitigating, said his client had a Lithuanian driving licence and had previously purchased the Astra with his housemate but the vehicle’s ownershio was passed over to his friend.

Mr Kendall said Skabs had wanted to get a kebab and claimed he was given the keys by his room mate.

District judge Celia Dawson disqualified Skabs from driving for 14 months and fined him a total of �250.

Skabs was also ordered to pay �85 costs and a �15 surcharge.

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