Man claims special circumstances after drink-driving in Louth


A Grimsby man is claiming that there are special reasons why he should not be banned from driving for at least three years after being arrested in Louth for driving with excess alcohol.

Teodor Lingurar, 36, of Peaksfield Avenue, admitted driving with excess alcohol in Ramsgate, Louth, on April 11 when he appeared at Skegness Magistrates’ Court.

The court heard that he was seen driving his red Clio car in Louth at 11.30pm and putting his left indicator on before turning right and then narrowly missing two parked cars.

He was stopped but was unable to provide a breath test and was arrested.

At the police station he gave a reading of 63 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

The magistrates were told that Lingurar had previously been convicted of driving with excess alcohol in 2008 when he had been banned from driving for 28 months, and had also been banned for 28 days in 2013 for being in charge of a car and failing to provide a specimen when requested.

They were told the minimum disqualification period now was for three years.

Lingurar told the court through his solicitor that there were special reasons why he should not be disqualified because it had been an emergency.

He said that the 12-year-old Romanian daughter of his friend was due to arrive at Louth coach station and was to be picked up by a taxi, which failed to turn up, so he had been asked to pick her up.

He said that the girl could not speak English and that, in fact, she had subsequently gone missing.

The magistrates adjourned sentencing until after a hearing on July 4 to establish whether or not there were special reasons.