Swerving motorist who drove on 'rims of two wheels' gets lengthy ban from the road
A man who drove with "shredded tyres" and failed to provide a specimen for analysis has been handed a 30-month driving ban.
Andrezej Falarz, aged 51, of Neale House, in Glover Street, West Bromwich was stopped by police in Telford on September 22 after being seen driving erratically and swerving across the road late at night.
Miss Sara Beddow, prosecuting at Telford Magistrates Court on Tuesday, said Falarz tested positive on a roadside breath test, recording 97 when the breath test limit is 35. But he refused to provide a specimen at a police station and did not give a medical reason for not doing so.
He was also found to be driving on shredded tyres on both the offside tyres at the front and the back.
District Judge Kevin Grego, addressing Falarz through a Polish interpreter, said the high roadside breath test reading "gives and indication of what the reading must have been had you provided a sample at the police station".
He continued: "Your driving was erratic and you continued to drive on the rims of two wheels, affecting the stability of the vehicle. You put the lives of other road users at risk."
But Judge Grego said he would "step back" from sending Falarz to prison and ordered him to complete 12 rehabilitation days and 60 hours of unpaid work in the next 12 months.
He as also disqualified from driving for 30 months and ordered to pay £135 in costs, and a £114 victims surcharge.
The judge told Falarz: "Don't be tempted to drive in that time."