Drink driver banned from road

A FACTORY worker was caught drink driving after knocking back a bottle of whiskey at a friend’s house the night before.

Dzintars Cuba, 30, of Farley Bank, was stopped by police on the A259 in Icklesham on the afternoon of July 9,while he was driving his Volkswagen.

At a court hearing on Monday, July 11, Mark Kateley, prosecuting, said the level of alcohol in Cuba’s breath was 119 mcg in 100 millilitres of breath, the legal limit being 35.

Cuba pleaded guilty to drink driving and driving without insurance.

Kim Goodall, defending, said: “He totally regrets this and says it was a silly thing to do.

“The defendant works six days a week at a meat processing plant in Tonbridge.

“His partner also works there and together they earn £500 a month, so they work extremely long hours for low pay.

“He has been in this country for eight months and has an EU driving licence but he lost it.”

Magistrates gave Cuba a 12-month community order in which he must do 100 hours of unpaid work.

He was also banned from driving for 28 months and ordered him to pay £85 court costs.