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Girlfriend gets Punjab-origin man arrested for drunk driving in UK

Kamaljit Sagoo was fined and banned from driving for 17 months by a court for drunk driving.

punjab Updated: Aug 29, 2018 10:46 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
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Birthday celebrations of a Punjab-origin man in the UK turned out to be a nightmare after his girlfriend called police and reported him for drunk driving, leading to an abrupt end to their relationship.

Kamaljit Sagoo was fined and banned from driving for 17 months by a court for drunk driving. He had been out celebrating his 44th birthday with his friend on June 18 when they got into a fight after returning home in Longbenton, England.

Sagoo jumped into his car to drive to a nearby store to buy cigarette paper when she called the police and informed them that he was drunk behind the wheel of his car.

“Unusually, he has been reported by his partner for driving while drunk and he was later found by police in the driver’s seat of his car,” prosecutor Lorna Rimell told North Tyneside magistrates’ court in north-east England.

According to local media reports, Sagoo blew 61 micrograms of alcohol in 100ml of breath when the legal limit in the UK is 35 micrograms.

He pleaded guilty to one count of drunk driving and also admitted to officers that he had been driving without any insurance.

His lawyer told the court: “It was his birthday and, as things go, it was a very bad birthday for him. He had been out with his partner and there had been an argument and he had gone to get Rizla (cigarette) papers. He felt fine to drive. His partner had been angry at him, she phoned the police.”

“Needless to say, that relationship is now over”, the lawyer said.The court fined Sagoo, who works as a plasterer, 583 pounds and ordered him to pay 85 pounds in legal costs and 58 pounds as victim surcharge.

First Published: Aug 29, 2018 10:45 IST