Drink­ing driver stopped on mo­tor­way for a snooze

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - William Harvey - By Sean Ax­tell

A driver be­came so drunk on whisky he pulled up on the out­side lane of the M20 for a snooze.

Police had to make an ef­fort to rouse Leon Lawresz on the mo­tor­way near Char­ing be­fore notic­ing an open bot­tle of whisky stashed above the driver’s seat of his van.

Wit­nesses alerted police when the 46-year-old’s Citroen Re­lay was seen parked on the south­bound car­riage­way on Oc­to­ber 27, Folkestone Mag­is­trate’s Court heard.

District Judge Justin Bar­ron sus­pended a 12-week prison sen­tence on Lawresz for 18 months. Mirac­u­lously no one was hurt. Giv­ing ev­i­dence, prose­cu­tor Neil Sweeney told how it ap­peared Lawresz was “drink­ing the liquor be­hind the wheel” but be­came too ine­bri­ated to drive.

Of­fi­cers made a num­ber of at­tempts to rouse the Pol­ish man be­fore they could breathal­yse him, Mr Sweeney said.

He recorded 96 mi­cro­grammes of al­co­hol in 100 millil­itres of breath, al­most three times the le­gal limit, which is 35 mi­cro­grammes.

Lawresz, a farm worker, bowed his head as the charges were read against him.

The court heard Lawresz was driv­ing from his home in Yeovil Road in Crewk­erne in Som­er­set to Poland to visit his dad who had been taken ill.

Speak­ing with the aid of a trans­la­tor, Lawresz told the court he didn’t have a drink prob­lem.

He was drink­ing over the news his fa­ther was un­well, he said.

He ad­mit­ted drink-driv­ing and was also handed 200 hours of un­paid work, a two year driv­ing ban and £190 fine.

Pass­ing sen­tence Judge Bar­ron said: “It’s ex­tremely lucky you didn’t cause very se­ri­ous in­jury to any­one else and your­self.

“You had a high al­co­hol read- ing made worse that you drunk the al­co­hol when you were driv­ing and be­came in­ca­pac­i­tated in the fast lane of the M20.

“You are for­tu­nate mem­bers of the pub­lic came to your aid and pre­vented an ac­ci­dent.”

He added Lawresz stop­ping in the fast lane was an “ag­gra­vat­ing fac­tor” to the drink driv­ing charge.

A Pol­ish driver took a nap in the out­side lane of the M20 af­ter drink­ing whisky at the wheel

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