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Driver banned after getting car stuck in mid-air

A motorist has been banned after getting his car wedged on top of two metal bollards while twice the..

By admin , in Cambridge , at April 26, 2018

A motorist has been banned after getting his car wedged on top of two metal bollards while twice the legal drink-drive limit.

Tomas Dabrovolskis, 24, managed to get his Audi A4 precariously balanced in the air after crashing in icy weather.

Police arrived at the scene in Peterborough, to find Dabrovolskis with the car and the keys in his pocket – but he claimed he hadn't been driving.

Despite his protestations, he was breath tested at the roadside and blew positive for drink driving following the incident on March 18.

Dabrovolskis later gave a reading of 62micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath – nearly double the legal limit (35 micrograms).

He pleaded guilty to drink driving at Peterborough Magistrates' Court on Wednesday.

Philip Botterill, prosecuting, told the court: "He said he was not the driver. He said an unknown male had driven the car.

"He said he had been at a party at a house – he could not remember the address – and at some point another male had taken the keys from a table, and said he wanted to get food.

"The defendant said he was scared of the man, and went with him and two friends.

"He said he was the front seat passenger when the crash happened. He said the driver had ran away."

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Dabrovolskis, who works at an Amazon warehouse, said he stuck with his story, despite reports of only three people seen getting out of the car.

He was bailed by police – but he returned to the police station the following day, where he confessed he had been the driver.

He told police he knew he had been drunk, which is why he had lied – but wanted to tell the truth.

Dabrovolskis, who spoke through a Lithuanian interpreter, represented himself in court.

He told magistrates he had not driven since the incident, and added: "I am thankful to God no-one was injured in the incident."

As well as being banned from driving for 20 months, Dabrovolskis, of Peterborough, was also fined £295, ordered to pay £85 in costs and a victim surcharge of £30.

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Chief magistrate Richard Berry said: "We have taken your early guilty plea into account.

"What hasnt helped you is that you were carrying passengers, you were involved in an accident that was your fault and you misled officers on two occasions."

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