Suspended jail for drinker who drove while banned

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A banned driver was nearly three times the drink-drive limit when he got behind the wheel.

Agis Paeglitis was handed a year-long community order with a suspended jail term of 12 weeks, unpaid work of 180 hours and a four year ban when he appeared before Spalding magistrates on Thursday.

Paeglitis (45), of Park Road, Spalding, must pay £85 costs and an £80 victim surcharge.

He admitted driving with 95 microgrammes of alcohol in breath – the legal limit is 35mcgs – driving while disqualified and driving without insurance.

The court heard Paeglitis was paying for insurance but the previous disqualification invalidated the policy.

Marie Stace, prosecuting, said police stopped Paeglitis at 11.20pm on May 4 when he drove on the wrong side of the road as he turned out of Spalding’s Jubilee Close into Park Road.

He smelled strongly of alcohol and was unsteady on his feet.

Miss Stace said Paeglitis refused to give his details and was handcuffed.

His identity was discovered when he was taken back to the police station.

She said Paeglitis was banned for drink-driving when he appeared at the Spalding court in September last year.

Probation officer Bobbi Jones-Lobley said Paeglitis had argued with his girlfriend and decided to drive the car “to see what her reaction would be”.

Solicitor Mike Alexander said Paeglitis kept his car after his previous ban solely because it was insured for a second driver.