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Ipswich BMW crash drink-driver spared jail

13 June, 2016 - 08:00
Emergency services at the scene of the collision on Woodbridge Road on Saturday evening.

Emergency services at the scene of the collision on Woodbridge Road on Saturday evening.

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A drink-driver who was three times the limit when he crashed his BMW while driving the wrong way down a busy Ipswich road has been spared jail.

Audrius Bakasejevas, of Thackeray Road, Ipswich, pleaded guilty at the town’s magistrates’ court to driving while above the alcohol limit and having no insurance.

The 34-year-old collided with a wall in Woodbridge Road, near the junction with Orchard Street, at around 5.45pm on May 21.

Police were called to the single vehicle crash by a member of the public who saw Bakasejevas getting out of the BMW, which was facing oncoming traffic.

When breathalysed Bakasejevas had 114 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35mcgs.

He was given a 12-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, and banned from driving for 30 months.

A supervision order was also made which requires him to carry out 200 hours’ unpaid work.

Bakasejevas must also pay £85 costs and £115 to the victims’ fund.

He was one of four drink-drivers to lose his licence when they came before the court on the same day.

Jose Geevarthese, of Thanet Road, Ipswich, admitted driving while nearly three times the limit.

The 52-year-old was caught in Thanet Road on May 23.

He had been driving a Vauxhall Astra.

A breath test showed he had 100mcgs of alcohol in 100mls of breath.

Geevarthese was disqualified from driving for 24 months and given a 12-month community order with 60 hours’ unpaid work.

He must also pay a total of £170 in costs and to the victims’ fund.

Jason Goldsmith, of Framlingham Road, Easton, also lost his licence after pleading guilty to drink-driving.

The 39-year-old was in a Ford Transit when caught in Holywells Road, Ipswich, on May 19.

He had 53mcgs of alcohol in 100mls of breath.

Goldsmith was banned from the road for 15 months and fined £350.

He must also pay costs of £85 and £35 to the victims’ fund.

Daniel Norrington, of East End Lane, East Bergholt, was disqualified from driving for 20 months.

The 29-year-old admitted drink-driving, having no insurance, and using a vehicle without an MoT.

He was in a Ford Fiesta when arrested at around 12.45am on May 14 after driving in West End Road, Ipswich.

A breath test showed he had 66mcgs of alcohol in 100mls of breath.

In addition to his driving ban Norrington was ordered to pay a total of £380 in fines and costs.

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