Driver who was twice legal limit banned

DRINK-driver Peter Mizik is disqualified from driving today after crashing into a parked car while trying to get home from a night out.The Czech-national pleaded guilty to being more than twice the legal alcohol limit, when he appeared at South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court in Ipswich.

DRINK-driver Peter Mizik is disqualified from driving today after crashing into a parked car while trying to get home from a night out.

The Czech-national pleaded guilty to being more than twice the legal alcohol limit, when he appeared at South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court in Ipswich.

Prosecutor Adele Cook said a police community support officer had been patrolling near Zest nightclub in Princes Street, Ipswich, when she saw a car reversing and then hitting another vehicle in the car park behind the club in West End Road on at 12.30am on December 11.

Mizik, of Nelson Road, Ipswich, was at the wheel of the Citroen which collided with the other car.

The CSO approached the 42-year-old to talk to him but Mizik was unable to communicate with her in English. However by chance she was able to speak to him in Czech.

The court heard a roadside breath test was carried out which proved positive and Mizik was taken to Ipswich police station where further tests showed his lowest reading was 78 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35mcg.

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Sharon Hector, mitigating for Mizik, who followed the proceedings with the help of an interpreter, said he had been out at a nightclub. He had been there for around four hours and had consumed two to three bottles of lager.

Magistrates heard at the end of the evening Mizik, whose wife and children still live in Slovakia, was aware he probably should not have driven but he had said he felt tired and wanted to get home as quickly as possible.

Sentencing him, chairman of the bench David Coe told Mizik, a factory worker in Bury St Edmunds, he would be disqualified from driving for 16 months. He was also find £250 and ordered to pay £34 costs.

Mr Coe explained to the court he would have disqualified Mizik for longer had he been able to take up the offer to reduce his ban by going on a drink-driving rehabilitation course. However as he could not speak English it would not be possible for Mizik to take up this option.

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