A HEREFORDSHIRE man who went to get some food has been banned from the roads for 20 months after being over twice the drink-drive limit.

Marius Blusis, of Whitestone Business Park, Whitestone, was driving a BMW Z4 towards Aylestone Hill when he was stopped in Commercial Road, Hereford, at around 2am on May 13.

The 40-year-old failed a roadside breath test, and when taken to the police station, was shown to have 76 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millitres of breath. The legal limit is 35mg.


Owen Beale, prosecuting at Hereford Magistrates Court, said Blusis accepted he had been drinking, and had five or six cans before driving the car 'because he was hungry'.

Blusis also did not have third party insurance to drive the vehicle, a charge he also pleaded guilty to.

In defence, Philip Cornell said Blusis had been with some friends and one of them told him that he could drive their vehicle to get some food.

"He thought it was MOT'ed and had insurance," said Mr Cornell.

"He thought he would get away with it."

Magistrates told Blusis that if he successfully completes a drink-drive rehabilitation course, his disqualification will be reduced by five months. 

He was also fined £350, as well as told to pay prosecution costs of £135 and a victim surcharge of £140.

A susbequent £150 fine was imposed for Blusis having no insurance, with his licence also being endorsed.

As well as imposing a disqualification, magistrates also fined Blusis £350 for the excess alchohol offence