Drink-driving man banned
A POLISH motorist has been banned for 18 months for driving his car in Willand while nearly twice the drink limit.
Factory worker Kazimierz Alfred Romaniak, of Leyton Court, Cullompton appeared at Exeter Magistrates Court charged with drink-driving and not having insurance.
The 52-year-old pleaded guilty to both charges, and the court was told that he had been stopped by police in Willand on December 3, while returning from a friend's birthday party.
Prosecutor Ben Winzer said: "At about 5am, a police officer was driving along Silver Street when he saw Mr Romaniak driving the vehicle which he stopped.
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"In a roadside test, he was found to have 66 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath." The limit is 35.
Speaking through an interpreter, Romaniak told the court he had been in the UK for eight years and had been returning to his home in Cullompton from a friend's birthday party when he was stopped by police.
Romaniak said that he worked at the Two Sisters poultry factory in Willand, and that loss of his licence was unlikely to affect his employment because he knew many other people who travelled the same journey and he anticipated being able to get lifts to and from the factory.
The magistrates diqualified Romaniak from driving for 18 months and he was fined £240 and ordered to pay a £24 victim surcharge and £85 costs.
Mr Romaniak said he would pay the fine in installments and he indicated that he was willing to attend a drink-driving education course which could lead to a reduction in the length of the court's ban.