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Grantham court: Drink driver had alcohol in his car while in A1 lay-by

Grantham Magistrates Court
Grantham Magistrates Court

After being found parked oddly in an A1 layby near Grantham with a can of lager in his car cup holder and other drinks on the back seat, a Peterborough man has admitted to driving while over the alcohol limit.

Modestas Jancauskas, 29, of Fletton Avenue, Fletton, Peterborough, pleaded guilty to driving with 75 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, and to driving without third party insurance, on October 11.

Daniel Pietryka, prosecuting, described how at 2.30am police noticed a Skoda Fabia parked at ‘quite an odd angle’ in a layby on the A1 at Grantham.

Approaching the car which had its hazards on, they found the defendant in the driver’s seat, and noticed that he smelled of alcohol.

They also spotted a can of lager in the car’s cup holder, as well as further empty and unsealed cans on the back seat, and an unopened bottle of vodka.

During interview, Jancauskas admitted that he had drunk four cans at home after finishing work.

He then received a phone call from a friend in Leeds, who he was on his way to see, when his car broke down and he parked up on the A1.

Sonia Bhalla, defending, said her client had been in the UK for just over a year, and didn’t realise he needed a separate insurance policy to drive.

An Amazon employee, Jancauskas had no previous convictions and was described as ‘incredibly sorry’ for his offences.

For driving while over the alcohol limit, he was disqualified from driving for 20 months and fined £250.

He was fined a further £125 for not having insurance, and must also pay £85 prosecution costs, a £25 victim surcharge, and a £150 criminal court charge.


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