Drink-driver caught twice just months apart in Wellingborough

He's been spared from prison

By Sam Wildman
Friday, 27th November 2020, 7:00 am

A drink-driver caught more than three times' the limit twice just months apart has been spared from prison.

Jakub Chmielewski, 39, was arrested near his home in Winstanley Road, Wellingborough, on May 20 after he was found over the limit and behind the wheel.

When he was breathalysed he gave a reading of 124mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath. The legal limit is 35mcg.

Chmielewski was released but was arrested for drink-driving again in the adjacent street, Newcomen Road, on July 26.

When he was breathalysed the second time he gave a reading of 119mcg.

Chmielewski was later charged with two counts of drink-driving and admitted the May offence but originally denied the July charge.

He later changed his plea to guilty at Northampton Magistrates' Court.

But this month magistrates decided not to send him straight to prison and instead gave him a second chance.

Chmielewski was sentenced to 14 weeks in prison, suspended for two years.

He will be banned from driving for four years.

Chmielewski will also have to pay court costs of £170 and a victim surcharge of £128.