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Monday, December 9, 2013
A motorist has been jailed after committing three drink-drive related offences in just four days.
They bring the total of drink-drive related convictions racked up by Kastytys Norvilas, of Felixstowe Road, Ipswich, to five in two years.
The 44-year-old’s latest offences involve driving on the wrong side of the road towards an oncoming police car and being involved in a crash a day later while on police bail.
As a result Norvilas, who drove for a living, was imprisoned for 18 weeks by Ipswich magistrates and disqualified from driving for five years.
This latest prosecution comes as the Ipswich Star continues its annual Christmas campaign against drink-driving.
Over the past 20 years this newspaper has campaigned against drink-driving, particularly over the festive period, and we will name and shame those who continue to flout the law.
The court heard Norvilas was caught drink-driving on November 11 when his S-reg Ford Escort was spotted by a police officer travelling on the wrong side of the road.
Prosecutor Tess Mann said after stopping the vehicle the officer spoke to Norvilas and smelt alcohol on his breath.
A subsequent breath test showed he had 61 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35mcgs.
Norvilas - who was travelling along Occupation Road in Peterborough at 3.15pm - was bailed after being charged with driving with excess alcohol.
However, Mrs Mann said the next day police were called to a two-vehicle accident in Lincoln Road, Peterborough, at the junction with Almer Road.
When officers arrived they found the drivers of the vehicles, including Norvilas’ S-reg Escort waiting nearby.
Witnesses said they had seen Norvilas briefly leave his car to go into a corner shop where he bought alcohol. The court heard police were told he had taken two sips.
Mrs Mann said after an appropriate length of time Norvilas was breathalysed. The reading was 65mcgs of alcohol in 100mls of breath.
His third offence occurred on November 14 when police saw a stationary car next to the A47 near Peterborough with Norvilas in the passenger seat.
The keys were in the ignition, but there was no one else in the car.
Officers believed Norvilas to have been drinking, but he refused a breath test when requested.
After his arrest Norvilas had to be taken to hospital on medical grounds.
Early on November 15 he was asked to take a breath test again but refused, saying it was because he had not been driving.
Norvilas admitted two counts of drink-driving and one of failing to provide a breath specimen at an earlier hearing.
Mrs Mann said Norvilas had previous convictions for drink-driving and failing to provide a breath specimen in November 2011.
Mark Holt, representing Norvilas, who listened to proceedings through a Lithuanian interpreter, said his client offered no explanation.
The court was told Norvilas does not believe he has a drink problem.
He has been in the UK for around four years and lived in Ipswich for five months. Mr Holt said Norvilas has no plans to return to Lithuania.