Felixstowe drink-driver caught going wrong way in Ipswich town centre

Dogs Head Street (stock photo)

Dogs Head Street (stock photo)

A drink-driver who was three times the limit was caught going the wrong way down a one-way street in Ipswich town centre.

Minijus Klemanskis, of Gainsborough Road, Felixstowe, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol when he appeared before South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court.

Magistrates heard the 24-year-old will lose his driving job as a result of the offence which occurred after the Lithuanian national had a row with his family.

Prosecutor Colette Harper said a police officer was outside Revolution in Ipswich’s Cattle Market at 3.20am on April 23 when they noticed a black Vauxhall Zafira driving the wrong way along Dog’s Head Street.

She signalled for the vehicle to stop which it did.

The officer took the keys from the ignition and spoke to Klemanskis, who was the driver.

After smelling alcohol on his breath he was given a roadside test which showed a positive reading.

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A subsequent test after his arrest showed he had 106 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35mcgs.

Nicola Pope, representing, Klemanskis said her client had been in the UK since 2011.

Ms Pope added: “He tells me he’s somebody who is normally teetotal. On this particular day he had an argument with his family and very unusually went into the town centre and consumed alcohol.

“He tells me he wasn’t thinking clearly. He regrets and apologises for his actions.

“This stupid error is going to cost him his employment.”

Magistrates disqualified Klemanskis, who listened to proceedings through an interpreter, from driving for 24 months.

He was also given a 12-month community order with 100 hours’ unpaid work.

In addition Klemanskis must pay costs of £85 and £85 to the victims’ fund.

In a separate hearing another drink-driver lost his licence for 12 months.

Joshua Aldous, of Fellbrigg Avenue, Rushmere St Andrew, pleaded guilty to an offence on April 22. When breath-tested the 23-year-old had 58mcgs of alcohol in 100mls of breath.

A Ford Focus was reportedly being driven erratically on the A14 before exiting at the Copdock interchange. It was stopped in Scrivener Drive, Ipswich,

Aldous must also pay a total of £525 in a fine and costs.