Ipswich: Man jailed after third drink drive related offence in four days

Drink-driver Kastytys Norvilas.
Drink-driver Kastytys Norvilas.

Monday, December 9, 2013
6:00 AM

A motorist has been jailed after 
committing three drink-drive related offences in just four days.

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They bring the total of drink-drive related convictions racked up by Kastytys Norvilas, of Felixstowe Road, Ipswich, to five in two years.

The 44-year-old’s latest offences involve driving on the wrong side of the road towards an oncoming police car and being involved in a crash a day later while on police bail.

As a result Norvilas, who drove for a living, was imprisoned for 18 weeks by Ipswich magistrates and disqualified from driving for five years.

This latest prosecution comes as the Ipswich Star continues its annual Christmas campaign against drink-driving.

Over the past 20 years this newspaper has campaigned against drink-driving, particularly over the festive period, and we will name and shame those who continue to flout the law.

The court heard Norvilas was caught drink-driving on November 11 when his S-reg Ford Escort was 
spotted by a police officer travelling on the wrong side of the road.

Prosecutor Tess Mann said after stopping the vehicle the officer spoke to Norvilas and smelt alcohol on his breath.

A subsequent breath test showed he had 61 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35mcgs.

Norvilas - who was travelling along Occupation Road in Peterborough at 3.15pm - was bailed after being charged with driving with excess alcohol.

However, Mrs Mann said the next day police were called to a two-vehicle accident in Lincoln Road, Peterborough, at the junction with Almer Road.

When officers arrived they found the drivers of the vehicles, including Norvilas’ S-reg Escort waiting nearby.

Witnesses said they had seen Norvilas briefly leave his car to go into a corner shop where he bought alcohol. The court heard police were told he had taken two sips.

Mrs Mann said after an appropriate length of time Norvilas was breathalysed. The reading was 65mcgs of alcohol in 100mls of breath.

His third offence occurred on November 14 when police saw a stationary car next to the A47 near Peterborough with Norvilas in the passenger seat.

The keys were in the ignition, but there was no one else in the car.

Officers believed Norvilas to have been drinking, but he refused a breath test when requested.

After his arrest Norvilas had to be taken to hospital on medical grounds.

Early on November 15 he was asked to take a breath test again but refused, saying it was because he had not been driving.

Norvilas admitted two counts of drink-driving and one of failing to provide a breath specimen at an earlier hearing.

Mrs Mann said Norvilas had previous convictions for drink-driving and failing to provide a breath specimen in November 2011.

Mark Holt, representing Norvilas, who listened to proceedings through a Lithuanian interpreter, said his client offered no explanation.

The court was told Norvilas does not believe he has a drink problem.

He has been in the UK for around four years and lived in Ipswich for five months. Mr Holt said Norvilas has no plans to return to Lithuania.

18 comments

  • Who need these Immigrants we don't in our once great country. Any Immigrants jailed for whatever must be sent home at there expense.

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    a west

    Monday, December 9, 2013

  • ... and how about the even larger number of crimes not committed by immigrants, that aren't reported by the mainstream media!

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    Mister Cynical

    Tuesday, December 10, 2013

  • It's low life like this idiot that make ukip seem like a good option. Go home.

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    Lee Davies

    Monday, December 9, 2013

  • Kings. Correction: A large number of crimes REPORTED IN THE MEDIA are being committed by immigrants...

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    Mister Cynical

    Monday, December 9, 2013

  • Mr Cynical. You still haven't got it right. The truth is that a large number of crimes committed by immigrants are NOT reported in the media.

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    Gobby

    Tuesday, December 10, 2013

  • Lithuania has been a member of EEC since 2004 so we are stuck with him.

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    The original Victor Meldrew

    Monday, December 9, 2013

  • After the first offence, he could easily have killed someone ! I repeat, Soft, weak and ineffective !!

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    freedomf

    Monday, December 9, 2013

  • Mr Cynical. You still haven't got it right. The truth is that a large number of crimes committed by immigrants are NOT reported in the media.

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    Gobby

    Tuesday, December 10, 2013

  • How do you know it isn't true Mr C? Are you relying on the media for your information? I shouldn't if I were you.

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    Gobby

    Tuesday, December 10, 2013

  • These guys are playing this country like a good un. We may not all agree with the parties that promote deportation and closing of borders but lets all play the game too. If we all vote ukip or other along the same lines and actually get the doors shut. The message to all would be clear. Come on people lets do it for us!

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    Lee Davies

    Monday, December 9, 2013

  • How do you know that, Gobby?

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    Mister Cynical

    Tuesday, December 10, 2013

  • there is zero value in having individuals like this in our "once" land of hope and glory! such life forms do nothing more than cause a drain on resources and blight our heritage.

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    Rory Breaker

    Monday, December 9, 2013

  • Ah, Kastytys Norvilas. I see.

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    RC

    Monday, December 9, 2013

  • I can't believe the stench of xenopobia in these comments! I guess the Spanish, Greeks and Turks are saying the same about the British ALL the time. This once great country? Was that before or after we invaded all and sundry and made them part of the great "Empire"...?

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    Mister Cynical

    Monday, December 9, 2013

  • Mister Cynical, it has nothing to do with Xenophobia, it is merely a sad and avoidable fact that a large percentage of crimes are now being committed by non british citizens; you only have to read the press to confirm this fact. Putting on rose tinted glasses and raising the PC brigade flag certainly won't resolve the issues we are facing.

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    Rory Breaker

    Monday, December 9, 2013

  • Ah, Kastytys Norvilas. I see.

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    RC

    Monday, December 9, 2013

  • First of all this idiot is not a motorist. He's a public danger and has obviously no intention of behaving himself. He must be permanently removed from this country.

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    james n

    Monday, December 9, 2013

  • More evidence of what i have said on here previously that Eastern European men regulalrly drink before they drive - Don't expect this will be allowed but in proportion to the rest of the population this is the case . The writer of this article will know what i say can be taken as the truth.Look over the xmas period and you will see the number and perhaps others will see the pattern

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    Poppys Dad

    Monday, December 9, 2013

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