Drink driver could face jail

A DRINK-driver who drove when he was more than four times the legal limit is facing the threat of jail today.Darius Trumpickas, of Nacton Road, Ipswich, was discovered slumped over the wheel of red Mercedes in the Ipswich Cemetery by police officers at about 6pm on November 19, after he had been drinking heavily the night before.

A DRINK-driver who drove when he was more than four times the legal limit is facing the threat of jail today.

Darius Trumpickas, of Nacton Road, Ipswich, was discovered slumped over the wheel of red Mercedes in the Ipswich Cemetery by police officers at about 6pm on November 19, after he had been drinking heavily the night before.

He was breathalysed and discovered to have 149mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath. The legal limit is 35mcg.

Stephen Colman, prosecuting, told South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court: “Police received a report of a car in Ipswich Cemetery where they found a male collapsed over the steering wheel.

“They found the keys in the ignition and they could tell that he was drunk.

“He said that the night before he had been out with friends drinking and he accepted he had drunk a vast amount.

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“He said he didn't feel well and pulled over and drove into the cemetery.”

Trumpickas, 36, pleaded guilty to drink-driving.

His solicitor, Roger Stewart, said: “He had been out celebrating a birthday and decided to try to sleep it off because he realised he wasn't fit to drive at that stage.”

Trumpickas, who is originally from Lithuania and has lived in Britain for three years, was warned by magistrates that he was likely to face a jail term because of the amount of alcohol he had consumed.

A pre-sentence report was ordered and Trumpickas will appear again at the court in Elm Street, Ipswich, on January 18 when he is due to be sentenced.

Weblink: www.thinkroadsafety.gov.uk

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