Three drink drivers banned from road

A MAN who drank two litres of vodka and then drove is one of three people handed a suspended jail term for taking to the road while drunk.Arunhs Verbickas, through a Lithuanian interpreter, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol, disqualified driving and having no insurance on October 28 when he drove on the A12/14 “erratically” through Kesgrave.

A MAN who drank two litres of vodka and then drove is one of three people handed a suspended jail term for taking to the road while drunk.

Arunhs Verbickas, through a Lithuanian interpreter, pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol, disqualified driving and having no insurance on October 28 when he drove on the A12/14 “erratically” through Kesgrave.

Police discovered the 35-year-old, of Foxhall Road, Ipswich had 91 micrograms in 100 millilitres of breath.

The legal limit is 35 micrograms.

South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court heard that on December 10 last year Verbickas pleaded guilty to drink driving and was disqualified for two years and fined for his offending.

Gareth Davies, prosecuting for the latest offence, said Verbickas claimed to have drunk two litres of vodka before driving his Ford Mondeo but he did not think he had a drink problem.

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Verbickas told Magistrates' “I feel very sorry and sorry for taking up your time.”

Magistrates' sentenced him to three months in prison but suspended the term for 12 months.

He was also curfewed from midnight to 8am for a seven day period and was banned from driving for two years.

Samual Marsh, 20, of Goldcrest Road, Ipswich pleaded guilty to drink driving, disqualified driving, taking a car without consent, no insurance, resisting arrest and possessing cannabis on October 28.

He was sentenced to 21 weeks in prison but the term was suspended for 18 months. He was placed on probation supervision for 18 months and banned from driving for two years.

Meanwhile Steven Palmer, 40, of North Station Road, Colchester pleaded guilty to drinking while driving in Sproughton on October 25.

The court heard that he was drinking alcohol as he drove into the back of a lorry.

Palmer, who was convicted of drink driving 10 years ago was sentenced to 12 weeks in prison but the term was suspended for 18 months. He was placed on probation supervision for 18 months, told to do 200 hours unpaid work and told to pay £60 costs.

He was disqualified form driving for three years but advised that he could get his licence back sooner if he took the Drink Drivers Rehabilitation Course.

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