Ipswich Domino's Pizza driver was 'blind drunk' when he crashed while making a delivery
A pizza delivery driver who was involved in an accident with another vehicle in Wherstead Road, Ipswich has been banned from the roads after pleading guilty to drink-driving.
Giedrius Puisys, of Camden Road, Ipswich, was three times the drink-drive limit when the accident happened on December 16, South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court heard.
The 36-year-old, who is now disqualified from driving for 42 months, claimed he had not consumed alcohol for 15 hours before the collision with another car, despite the high level in his blood.
After Puisys pleaded guilty to his second drink-driving offence, District Judge Roy Brown told Puisys’ advocate Sue Threadkell: “He was blind drunk, working as a driver, putting other people’s lives at risk and his.”
Previously Lucy Miller said the offence occurred at 8.15pm. Puisys was driving a Citroen Saxo and had been delivering pizza when another vehicle struck his.
A roadside breath test indicated he had 102 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35mcgs.
However, Puisys said he had a pain in his chest and was taken to hospital where a blood sample was taken. It showed he had 245 milligrammes of alcohol in 100mls of blood. The legal limit is 80mlgs.
The court heard Puisys told police he had been drinking on December 15, but had stopped at 2am on December 16. He went to work at 5pm and said he felt fine.
Puisys was previously convicted of drink-driving in 2008 and had subsequently been convicted of driving while disqualified during his ban for the previous offence.
In mitigation Mrs Threadkell said her client was going to seek help with his alcohol consumption.
She added Puisys had been in the UK for 12 years and had always worked during that time.
However, he is now unemployed as a result of his latest drink-driving offence.
The accident was said to have occurred when the other driver pulled out of a junction with Wherstead Road, but their sight was partially obstructed.
They had edged out hitting the Saxo which spun and ended up resting on the pavement.
In addition to his driving ban Puisys was given a 12-month community order with a 200-hour unpaid work and a rehabilitation activity.
He must also pay £85 costs and £115 to the victims’ fund.