Grantham man named in drink-drive campaign on Christmas Day

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A man who was arrested on Christmas Day is the latest person from Grantham to be named as part of a campaign by Lincolnshire Police to identify drink-drivers and those driving under the influence of drugs.

The identities of people found to be driving under the influence of drugs will also be released as part of the campaign which started on Monday 18th December and will run until the New Year.

The force hopes that this will make people think twice before getting behind the wheel. Lincolnshire Police made over 1,000 arrests for drink driving in the last year* and over 150 arrests for driving under the influence of drugs.

Inspector Ewan Gell from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “Drink-driving is still a problem in Lincolnshire but we are very good at catching offenders. I sincerely hope we don’t have to name a single person over these two weeks. Driving under the influence can be deadly, claims and ruins lives but is easily avoidable. “Do not consume a drop if you are driving and be wary the morning after as you could still be over the limit. If we pull you over the consequences could be a losing your licence, a criminal record or even a prison sentence.”

John Siddle from the Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership said: “Drink drivers cannot turn back the clock however, almost all those arrested wish they could. They stand to lose so much when they make that decision to get behind the wheel – their livelihood, life, other people’s lives and possibly their liberty if they are sent to prison. “The knock-on effects of that will be loss of job, possible loss of home (who pays the mortgage) car insurance increase, possibly a re-sit of the driving test. Despite this some people still choose to drink or drug drive, so I welcome Lincolnshire police’s decision to name those charged with driving whilst impaired, through drink or drugs, which adds to the list of deterrents already in place.”

If you suspect someone is about to drive under the influence please call 101 or 999 in an emergency.

Monday 25 December

Charged with driving a motor vehicle when above the alcohol limit:

James Ward (52) of Lincoln road, Horncastle. He will appear before Boston Magistrates on 17 January.

Oskars Locmelis (26) of St James Court, Kings Lynn. He will appear before Boston Magistrates on 17 January.

James Fisher (26) of Spring Gardens, Long Sutton. He will appear before Boston Magistrates on 17 January.

Aurimas Lenkauskas (24) of Beaconsfield Road, Leicester. He will appear before Boston Magistrates on 17 January.

Airimas Rackaitis (25) of Park Close, Spalding. He will appear before Lincoln Magistrates on 26 January.

Christopher Maw (58) of Holden Way, Grantham. He will appear before Lincoln Magistrates on 18 January.