An electric scooter driver said he was unaware he was committing a crime of drunk driving despite being banned from driving a car while intoxicated. Kamil Brzozowski, 36, from Norwich Garden, Bulwell, was a disqualified driver at the time which meant driving the scooter was illegal.
Brzozowski told Nottingham magistrates how he hopped on his £360 scooter to collect food ingredients for ‘my Mrs’ in the middle of the night. In the dark, he didn’t see a small pothole in the pavement, which he bumped into and knocked over the steering rods.
Brzozowski cracked his skull on the sidewalk and fractured his cheekbone. He was found unconscious just before midnight in Alfreton Road, Nottingham on June 20 last year. An ambulance was called to Brzozowski.
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After being identified from his bank card, police learned he was a banned driver following a drunk driving conviction from May 2021 when he was involved in a road accident . A blood sample showed he had 142 milligrams of alcohol in 100 milliliters of blood, above the 80 limit, prosecutor Lucy Woodcock said.
Brzozowski represented himself in court after previously pleading guilty to drunk driving on a private electric scooter, disqualified driving, operating the scooter without insurance. He said in court on March 24: “I remember coming back from the store in the middle of the night and waking up the next day in hospital. I don’t remember anything else. I was at the Queen’s Medical Center.
“I have just left the hospital. I was still in shock. I did not feel any pain. My Mrs. was waiting for me. I started having pain in my face and head the next day and I realized, ‘what have I done’, and I should have stayed in the hospital. I’m really, really sorry for my offense.
“I was unaware that I was committing an offence. I know the law is the law and I am prepared to take full responsibility for my offence.”
The father-of-two said he didn’t know his driving ban included electric scooters, “I swear to god”. “You can see everyone driving them around the city centre. Even my seven-year-old daughter drives them to school and home.”
He bought the scooter to save money on bus fares as he was spending £100 a month. Magistrate Thomas Quarton-Manuel fined him £541, ordered him to pay costs of £85 and a victim fine surcharge of £54. He was banned from the roads for three years. This can be reduced if he completes a course.
Mr Quarton-Manuel told textile worker Brzozowski: ‘It is well documented and made public that there is widespread ignorance of this particular law and that it applies to electric scooters.
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