Ipswich April Fools’ day drink-driver caught drunk behind the wheel for second time in 24 hours

Drink-driver Gintaras Sendzikas after his court hearing

Drink-driver Gintaras Sendzikas after his court hearing - Credit: Archant

An April Fools’ day drink-driver is facing a possible jail term after being arrested for drink-driving twice in 24 hours.

Gintaras Sendzikas, of Sirdar Road, Ipswich, was originally detained at around 3am on March 31 in the town’s Civic Drive after police were contacted about a potential drink-driver.

A breath test showed he had 97 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35mcgs.

The 46-year-old was charged and bailed to appear before South East Suffolk Magistrates Court on April 14 before being released from police custody at around 10.30am on Tuesday.

Less than 16 hours later factory worker was arrested again on suspicion of drink-driving. He was making his way to work in a Peugeot 206 when he was pulled over at 2am on April 1.

Police stopped the car after an officer became concerned about the way the vehicle was being driven.

A subsequent breath test found he had 75mcgs of alcohol in 100mls of breath.

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Sendzikas pleaded guilty through a Lithuanian interpreter to drink-driving on April Fools’ Day. No plea was formally entered to the earlier drink-drive charge as the Crown Prosecution Service did not have full details about the incident.

However, Sendzikas’ solicitor Sue Threadkell told South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court her client would be pleading guilty.

In addition to admitting drink-driving Sendzikas agreed the matter meant he was in breach of an eight-week jail sentence, which had been suspended for 12 months. He was convicted of possession of an offensive weapon last September.

In mitigation Mrs Threadkell said her client had been in England for two years and had no previous convictions in Lithuania.

Sendzikas starts work in a factory at 3am and he was on his way to there when he was stopped on April 1.

The court was told after he had been released from police custody the previous day Sendzikas had two small whiskies to calm himself down before going to sleep.

Sendzikas sends £200 a month to his wife and 15-year-old son in Lithuania. Mrs Threadkell said without his money Sendzikas’ family would be made homeless as they rely on his income to supplement his wife’s small wage. His child’s education would also be in jeopardy as Sendzikas’ money helps support the boy’s education and they do not have any family in the area of his school.

Mrs Threadkell concluded by saying: “He certainly presents as genuinely remorseful for his position.”

District Judge Celia Dawson adjourned the case for a pre-sentence report, but made it clear she was seriously considering custody.

Sentencing is scheduled to take place on May 27 when Sendzikas is expected to formally plead guilty to the drink-driving offence on March 31.