‘Too slow’ driver was stopped by police

Burnley Magistrates Court.
Burnley Magistrates Court.

A furniture packer almost three times the drink-drive limit caught the attention of the police as he was driving too slow, a court heard.

Raimondas Ramananskas (30) was spotted at 10pm when he stopped at a mini roundabout, but didn’t need to.

Officers thought his driving was slow and unsure and he was weaving in the road and going over the solid white line.

Prosecutor Miss Alex Mann told Burnley magistrates: “They say he was doing 20mph in a 40mph zone. At least he was not driving fast and dangerously, but it was certainly affecting his manner of driving.”

“He could have caused an accident, but didn’t.”

The defendant blew 98 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath - the legal limit is 35. Ramananskas, a Lithuanian national, admitted driving with excess alcohol on Glen View Road in Burnley on November 27th.

The defendant, of Pine Street, Nelson, was given 40 hours unpaid work and was ordered to pay a £60 victim surcharge and £85 costs. He was banned for 24 months.

Ramananskas, who was not represented by a solicitor, but was assisted by an interpreter, said: “I’m sorry for what I have done.”