Prison sentence for Grantham man who shared three bottles of whisky before driving

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A motorist stopped by police after driving on the wrong side of the road was so drunk he could hardly stand up, Lincoln Crown Court was told.

Janis Pakalnins attracted the attention of officers when he continued on the wrong carriageway after overtaking a parked vehicle in Dysart Road, Grantham.

Edna Leonard, prosecuting, said: “He eventually swerved back on to his correct side of the road.

“The officers were concerned and activated the blue lights and stopped the vehicle. The defendant was clearly drunk. He could hardly stand up when he got out of the vehicle. He was confused and unsteady on his feet.”

Tests showed Pakalnins was more than three times over the legal limit with 105 mgs of alcohol per 100 mls of breath, compared to the legal limit of 35 mgs.

Pakalnins later admitted he shared three bottles of whisky with a friend before getting behind the wheel of his car.

Pakalnins, 28, of Castlegate, Grantham, admitted driving with excess alcohol on February 23. He also admitted breach of a suspended jail sentence imposed at the crown court in September last year for possession of a knife outside a Grantham nightclub and obstructing a police officer. He was jailed for a total of six months and banned from driving for two years.

Recorder Nigel Daly told him: “The problem is that you drink too much.”

Chris Jeyes, defending, said that Pakalnins was upset at the time of the driving offence after learning that his long-term partner had started a relationship with another man.

He urged that Pakalnins be given the chance of help to address his drink problem.