Ashamed driver fled after hitting telegraph pole

A MAN who crashed his car into a telegraph pole and then ran off, wasn't insured.

Tomas Sinkevicius (28) appeared before Spalding magistrates on Thursday when he admitted failing to provide a specimen of breath and driving without insurance on July 5.

Sinkevicius, of Roman Road, Moulton Chapel, was banned from driving for two years and fined 170 for failing to provide a specimen of breath.

For driving without insurance he was fined 170 and his licence endorsed.

He was ordered to pay 85 costs and a 15 victim surcharge.

Prosecuting, Kate Minihane said police were called to reports of an accident on Roman Road in Moulton Chapel at about 5.20pm, where a witness had seen a man leaving the car.

When they arrived they found a car in a ditch with the driver's door open. Crops in a nearby field had been flatten indicating that the car had gone in there and a telegraph pole had been destroyed.

Officers were on their way to see the registered keeper when they spotted a man matching the witness's description.

He was covered in soil and they could smell drink on his breath.

A roadside breath test showed 80 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.

Sinkevicius was arrested and taken to the police station where he refused to give a breath sample.

Miss Minihane said: "He was instructed several times to blow into the tube, which he failed to do. He was blowing in but not hard enough or for long enough."

Mitigating, Anita Toal said there was no medical reason why Sinkevicius could not provide a breath sample. She said: "He is bitterly ashamed of his actions."