20th November 2017

Lithuanian fish worker fined the cost of his fare home for drink driving

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A man who was selling his car to pay for his fare home to Lithuania will have to use the money to cover a fine instead after he was caught drink driving by police.

Tomas Lukosius, 26, of Lerwick’s Robertson Crescent, admitted driving over twice the legal limit on Commercial Road on Saturday when he appeared from custody at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Monday. Lukosios had been driving to a cash machine at the time of the offence shortly after midnight.

He is here as a fish worker for Lerwick Fish Traders, although the court heard he was planning to return to Lithuania to tend to his pregnant girlfriend before coming back to Shetland to work here again in the future.

Sheriff Graeme Napier was told Lukosios, who is selling his car, had found a buyer and was aiming to use the £400 it was worth to pay for his ticket.

Instead he was fined that amount, and was disqualified from driving for 18 months. That ban can be reduced by four months if he completes a drink drivers rehabilitation course.

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