Ipswich forklift truck driver jailed again after driving while banned for fourth time

Ipswich Magistrates Court on Elm Street.

Ipswich Magistrates Court on Elm Street. - Credit: Sarah Lucy brown

An Ipswich man with an “appalling driving record” has been jailed again after being caught driving while disqualified for the fourth time.

Slawomir Inczewski

Slawomir Inczewski - Credit: Archant

Slawomir Inczewski, of Sirdar Road, Ipswich, pleaded guilty at South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court to driving a Seat Leon while disqualified in Grimwade Street on Sunday.

The 34-year-old also admitted driving without insurance.

Prosecutor Wayne Ablett said Inczewski had been banned from driving for five years on March 9, 2015, because of his previous offending.

Inczewski was stopped by police at 9.20pm on Sunday after an officer saw him behind the wheel.

In his police interview Inczewski accepted he was disqualified, but said was driving because he needed to have a tyre repaired.

It was also alleged by the prosecution that he said he was going to a shop to buy alcohol.

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The court heard Inczewski was convicted of drink-driving in 2010 and disqualified for two years.

In 2013 he was convicted of drink-driving for a second time and banned for 48 months.

In March 2014 he was given a 12-week suspended prison term for driving while disqualified and drink-driving.

Two months later he was jailed for 18 weeks for the same offence.

In March 2015 Inczewski was imprisoned for 18 weeks for a second time after driving while disqualified and drink-driving.

Last month he was the final person to appear before Bury St Edmunds magistrates before the court closed.

Inczewski received a community order for domestic assault and obstructing a police officer.

Mark Holt, representing Inczewski, said his client had been in the UK for 11 years and had three children back in Poland.

Mr Holt said he had been at Inczewski’s police interview and did not recall him saying he was going to a shop to buy alcohol.

Magistrates heard Inczewski’s partner had driven him in the car earlier in the day.

When they returned to the vehicle a tyre was flat.

Mr Holt said: “It was agreed he would get the car repaired. Foolishly and stupidly he went to a friend’s address.”

Inczewski’s partner was due to collect the vehicle from there.

Magistrates told Inczewski, a forklift truck driver at a Stowmarket factory, he had an “appalling driving record”.

He received his third 18-week prison term and had his driving ban extended by 18 months.

Inczewski must also pay £115 to the victims’ fund.

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