Drink-driver was three times the limit

A man is today banned from the road after he was caught driving while more than three times the legal limit.

FELIXSTOWE: A man is today banned from the road after he was caught driving while more than three times the legal limit.

Lithuanian Kestutis Kazlauskaswas arrested in Felixstowe town centre in the early hours of Sunday morning.

South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court heard how police were called to an incident in Undercliff Road West where the defendant was asked to move on.

Officers noticed that Kazlauskas, 35, of Dilwyn Street, Ipswich, was unsteady on his feet and his speech was slurred.

He was later captured on CCTV getting into a green Ford Mondeo outside The Alex caf� bar before driving off. Police officers stopped him and asked him to provide a breath test, which he refused.

He was taken into custody where a breath test revealed he had 114 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 mcg.

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Enquiries later found he was not insured to drive.

Kazlauskas admitted drink-driving and driving without insurance.

Speaking to magistrates through an interpreter, Kazlauskas said: “All I can say is that I am very, very sorry.”

He was banned from driving for 24 months and was ordered to undertake 120 hours of unpaid work in the community.

Magistrates said they had taken into account his early guilty pleas and his offer to take a drink-drive rehabilitation course which, if completed, will reduce the length of his driving ban.

He was also ordered to pay fines and court costs of �85.

The Evening Star is pledging to name and shame drink-drivers during the Christmas and New Year period. We will cover all the drink-driver cases which come before magistrates in Ipswich between December 1 and January 1.

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