Drink-driver burnt brakes

A car was being driven so badly that residents called police, a court heard.

Sarah Haslam, prosecuting, said police were called to Bakewell Court, Buxton, after reports of a Vauxhall Astra being driven erratically.

When police arrived the car was parked in the car park although the engine was still warm and officers could smell the brakes and clutch burning, the court heard.

Jaroslow Jalowski, 24, was spoken to by officers and admitted he had been driving the vehicle during the early hours of October 27, and that he had no insurance or driving licence.

He provided a sample of breath which gave a reading of 90: the legal limit is 35.

John Bunting, defending, said the car belonged to Jalowski’s girlfriend and was insured for her to drive.

“The defendant has no idea why at 2 am he got up and went to try and drive it,” said Mr Bunting.

He said neighbours had described a dreadful noise being made as Jalowski tried to drive the vehicle.

Jalowski, who works full time, had no previous convictions, the court was told.

High Peak magistrates banned him from driving for 24 months but gave him the option of reducing the ban by six months if he successfully completes a drink-driver rehabilitation course.

He was given a 12 month community order and must complete 100 hours’ unpaid work.

Jalowski must also pay £85 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

No separate penalty was imposed for the matters of no insurance and no driving licence.