Bottle threat on man who chased drinker

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A resident followed and detained a drink-driver who crashed into his van, but released his grip and drove home after a second man holding a bottle threatened to assault him if he didn’t let go.

Alvydas Bertulis hit Thomas Smith’s parked van in the early hours of May 26 but then – after a verbal exchange with Mr Smith – drove round the corner and hit a lamppost, damaging that too.

Marie Stace, prosecuting, said Mr Smith had just gone to bed when he heard a loud crash, looked outside and saw a Vauxhall Astra had damaged his van’s rear quarter.

Mr Smith found Bertulis slumped forward in the driver’s seat and could smell alcohol.

A man and a woman standing close by suggested he went back in the house to get a pen and paper to exchange details, but Mr Smith phoned police.

Bertulis drove off but Mr Smith drove in the direction the couple had taken and found Bertulis, who looked as though he was going to run away.

Mr Smith grabbed Bertulis’s wrists, putting them behind his back.

The man and the woman walked over and told Mr Smith he couldn’t do that and he was just to exchange details.

Miss Stace said the male then made a threat of assault if Mr Smith didn’t let go.

The male had a bottle and Mr Smith was concerned about that, released his grip and stayed at a safe distance before getting back into his car and returning home.

Bertulis (26), of Pennygate, Spalding, admitted having 97 microgrammes of alcohol in breath, nearly three times the legal limit, in St Paul’s Road, Spalding, on May 26.

He was banned from driving for 24 months, fined £465 and ordered to pay £85 costs with a £46 victim surcharge.

He can cut six months off the ban if he completes a rehabilitation course.

Solicitor Mike Alexander, mitigating, said police had only charged Bertulis with drink-driving and the court should sentence him on that alone.

When police arrived, Bertulis was standing in the street with two of his friends.

Mr Alexander said he wasn’t attempting to get away.