Drinker crashed his car into pole

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An ambulance crew called police while attending to a drink-driver who crashed his BMW into a telegraph pole.

Arturas Racrauskas crashed on the street where he lived – Cradge Bank in Spalding – when he swerved to miss an oncoming car that was being driven on his side of the road.

Rebecca Ritson, prosecuting, said police were called to the single vehicle crash at 6.10am on June 16.

A member of the public pointed out Racrauskas, who seemed to be making off from the scene.

Police went after him and arrested him on Hawthorn Bank.

Miss Ritson said Racrauskas failed the roadside breath test before being taken to Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital, where he refused all treatment.

The evidential breath test was taken around three-and-a-half hours later at 9.42am and Racrauskas had 59 microgrammes of alcohol in breath – 24mcgs above the legal limit.

Miss Ritson said Racrauskas admitted drinking and driving when interviewed by police.

At Thursday’s court hearing, Racrauskas pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol and was banned from driving for 16 months.

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

Magistrates also imposed a £280 fine and ordered him to pay £85 costs and a £28 victim surcharge.

Solicitor Rachel Stevens, mitigating, said it was a miscalculation on Racrauskas’s part.

She said: “He didn’t think he had had that much to drink before he got into the car to drive.

“He completely accepts that it is his error, he is entirely culpable and he’s extremely remorseful. He has asked me to tell the court how sorry he is to be in this position.

“The accident happened because a car came around the corner on the wrong side of the road and he swerved to avoid it.”