Four drink-drivers off the roads

FOUR motorists have been taken off the roads after admitting drink-driving offences in Ipswich and Felixstowe.

FOUR motorists have been taken off the roads after admitting drink-driving offences in Ipswich and Felixstowe.

One drunk motorist broke his neck and suffered life-threatening injuries when he crashed into a concrete post in Ipswich.

Piotr Wojtysiak was almost twice over the legal drink drive limit when he drove his blue Ford Escort into a concrete pillar in Anglesea Road South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court heard.

Naomi Turner, prosecuting, said the 29-year-old was treated for “potential life threatening injuries” in the back of an ambulance.

Mrs Turner said Wojtysiak of Cauldwell Hall Road, Ipswich had suffered a fractured neck and two passengers in the back of his car suffered minor injuries. She said he appeared to have lost control of the car near the junction of Graham Road.

Wojtysiak pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol at 3.15am on November 20.

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He said: “I am ashamed and I am sorry for what I have done.”

School caretaker Miroslaw Achramowicz crashed his Mercedes car into the back of another car waiting at red traffic lights in High road West, Felixstowe.

The driver of the other car, Jean Fowler, asked the 52-year-old for his details but he got back in his Mercedes and said she could find out the information from his registration and drove off. Mrs Fowler said the incident happened at about 1.30pm on December 23.

Later that same day a witness was concerned about the way Achramowicz was driving his red car in Sea Road so he followed him to Victoria Street where he parked in Iceland's car park.

Mrs Turner said the witness telephoned the police and they arrested Achramowicz when he returned to his car.

Achramowicz of Micklegate Road, Felixstowe pleaded guilty to failing to stop after an accident and to driving with excess alcohol.

He said he had a glass of wine at work that morning and then crashed into the back of another car. He said he had to rush off because he had stomach problems and needed the toilet.

He added: “I have been working at a school for two and a half years as a cook, doing maintenance work and painting. This accident happened before my holiday. I was very tired. I was shocked at what happened and that is why I went home and drank two cans of beer. I know it was extremely stupid of me to drive to Iceland.”

Kenan Belet of Dryden Road, Ipswich was stopped by police at 5pm on Christmas Eve. They spotted his Mercedes car drive through a red light in Angel Road.

Mrs Turner said four attempts were made to get the 40-year-old to do a road side breath test and the eventual reading was positive.

Belet was then taken to Ipswich Police Station where he refused to provide a breath specimen for official analysis. He pleaded guilty to failing to provide a specimen for analysis.

Mrs Turner said the married father of three was verbally abusive to officers and also undid his trousers and requested they undertake a sex act.

Tariq Khawan, mitigating, said his client suffered from depression and had taken five of his tablets instead of one that day because “he felt low and wanted to forget things”.

He said: “He drank two cans of strong lager and cannot remember more. He doesn't know why he was in that area and had no reason to be there. He wishes to express his apologies to the police for his behaviour.”

Viorika Pirsteliene drove a green Vauxhall Tigra straight across a junction on Crescent Road, Felixstowe and crashed into a Citroen trying to make a right hand turn on Leopald Road.

Mrs Turner said when police spoke to the 31-year-old she did not believe her driving was in the wrong.

Pirsteliene of Langer Road, Felixstowe pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol at about 4.40pm on December 23.

She told the court: “I am so ashamed of my behaviour but it was my first time and I will never do it again.”

Magistrates' ordered a pre-sentence report and adjourned sentencing to January 27. She was released on bail but warned the report would be “an all options open” type which meant a custodial sentence would be considered.

Piotr Wojtysiak: fined �220, ordered to pay �75 costs. Disqualified from driving for 20 months, to be reduced by five months if he takes a drink-drivers rehabilitation course.

A sample of blood revealed he had 151 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood. The legal limit is 80 milligrams.

Miroslaw Achramowicz: Fined �120 and told to pay a victim surcharge of �15 with five penalty points after pleading guilty to failing to stop after an accident. He will be sentenced for the excess alcohol charge, which he admitted, later this week.

He had 106 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, more than three times over the legal limit of 35 micrograms.

Kenan Belet: Fined �280 and told him to pay �75 towards court costs after admitting failing to produce a breath . He was disqualified from driving for 20 months but told the ban would be reduced by five months if he completed a drink driver's rehabilitation course.

Viorika Pirsteliene: Admitted drink driving but sentence was adjourned until the end of the month. Tests revealed she had 138 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 micrograms.

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