Shirtless drunk walked towards traffic, ‘chanting and foaming at mouth’

Norwich Road, Ipswich Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Norwich Road, Ipswich Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

A Felixstowe man has been fined for ‘celebrating’ the end of a night shift by getting so drunk he stripped to the waist and walked into traffic.

A shirtless Minvydas Jusaitis was reported to police for attempting to hit people with the belt of his trousers while swaying along Norwich Road, in Ipswich, chanting and foaming at the mouth, on the morning of Saturday, September 15.

Police officers arrived at the scene to observe the 37-year-old stumbling towards oncoming traffic and waving his belt around his head.

The officers described the man they saw as “out of control”, foaming at the mouth and chanting.

Suffolk Magistrates’ Court heard how Jusaitis, of Cobbold Road, Felixstowe, was so unsteady on his feet that he needed to be supported by one officer as he was arrested and placed in handcuffs by another.

When cautioned by police at the scene, Jusaitis continued chanting and began uttering slurred obscenities at the officers, who said it was clear he was highly intoxicated.

Jusaitis admitted being drunk and disorderly in a public place – an offence for which he had already been convicted on six occasions between 2012 and 2016, according to the prosecution service.

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He was also convicted of using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour, or disorderly behaviour – an offence under section five of the Public Order Act – on three occasion in the previous three years, between 2008 and 2011.

Magistrates heard that his criminal record in the UK included a total of 13 convictions for 18 offences.

Representing himself at court in Ipswich, Lithuanian-born Jusaitis told magistrates: “I had just finished a night shift and started to celebrate.

“I drank too much.

“Sometimes I go three or four months without drinking, and sometimes I drink too much.

“I didn’t try to hit anyone with the belt.

“Maybe I said bad things to the police officers but I never tried to harm anyone.”

Magistrates fined Jusaitis £500 for being drunk and disorderly in public.

He was also ordered to pay £85 towards to the cost of prosecution and a £30 statutory surcharge towards victim services.