Shock news led to drink-driving

A man caught drink-driving in the Hope Valley had consumed a bottle of vodka after learning his teenage daughter was pregnant, a court heard.

Police on duty on Station Road in the early hours of June 30 saw a VW Sharan being driven towards them on the wrong side of the road, High Peak Magistrates’ Court heard.

On seeing the police vehicle, the driver of the VW, Marcin Podyma, pulled back on to the right side of the road, prosecutor Jennifer Fitzgerald said. The officers followed him and saw him swerving across the road before asking him to stop. He smelt of alcohol and failed a roadside breath test so was arrested. At the police station, he provided a reading of 92, the legal limit is 35.

Podyma, 33, of Norton Lane, Sheffield, admitted drink-driving.

Ian Booth, defending, said: “June 30 was a significant day in his life because he is of a devout catholic family and had heard from his wife the devastating news that his 17-year-old daughter was pregnant.

“After he finished work he went to the shop, bought a bottle of vodka and drank the whole lot then foolishly decided to drive home before he was apprehended by the police.”

He added that Podyma, who works at a scrap yard in Dove Holes: “has been suffering severe anxiety and has been off work because of the problems with his daughter. He will almost certainly lose his job.”

Podyma was given a six-month community order with 40 hours unpaid work. He was also banned from driving for 23 months and must pay £85 costs and a £60 surcharge.