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Nine more drink drivers banned after appearing at Norwich Magistrates’ Court

PUBLISHED: 13:36 30 December 2016 | UPDATED: 13:37 30 December 2016

Norwich Magistrates Court. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Norwich Magistrates Court. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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Nine more drink drivers have been banned from the roads after risking the lives of others - and their own.

This paper has vowed to name and shame as many motorists as possible convicted of drink-driving offences during the police’s festive crackdown.

Among those appearing at Norwich Magistrates Court yesterday were:

• Sonia Lord, 34, of Yaxley Road, Norwich, who admitted drink driving after she crashed into a pedestrian crossing on Marlpit Lane, Norwich on December 22. Lord had 98 mcgs of alcohol in 100mls of breath. The legal limit is 35.

The court heard Lord had an argument with her partner and went to drive to her friend’s house but crashed and was unable to restart her car.

She told officers she was “old enough to know better” and should not have been drink driving.

Lord, who represented herself, said “it was a spur of the moment mistake”.

The defendant, who also admitted driving without insurance and otherwise in accordance with a licence, was banned for 24 months, sentenced to a six month community order with a 10 day rehabilitation requirement. She was also ordered to pay an £85 surcharge.

• Lyndan Evans, 50, of Appleyard Crescent, Mile Cross, admitted drink driving after being stopped in Hall Road, Norwich on December 23 after concerns about his driving. He had 78 mcgs of alcohol in 100mls of breath.

Evans, who represented himself, said he had been alcohol dependent some time ago and had overcome it but “did something stupid”.

He was banned for three years, fined £360, ordered to pay £85 costs and a £36 victim surcharge.

• James Cuthbert, 33, of Caston Road, Norwich, admitted drink driving after he crashed his car into a lamp post on Woodside Road in December 23.

Cuthbert had 44 mcgs of alcohol in 100mls of breath.

The defendant, who represented himself, said: “I’m extremely sorry.”

He was disqualified for 14 months, fined £135, ordered to pay £85 costs and a £30 surcharge.

• Ramunas Simaska, 33, of North River Road, Great Yarmouth, admitted drink driving after he crashed his Renault Scenic van at about 1pm on Pier Walk, Gorleston, on December 26. He had 81mcgs of alcohol in 100mls of breath.

Simaska, who represented himself, said: “I really didn’t think when I woke up that I could still be over the limit.”

He was disqualified for 20 months, fined £180, ordered to pay a £30 surcharge and £85 costs.

• Povilas Padimanskis, 23, of Eastfields, King’s Lynn, admitted drink driving after police noticed him “drifting over the central line of the road” on Crossbank Road, Lynn, on Christmas Day. He had 56 mcgs of alcohol in 100mls of breath.

Padimanskis, who represented himself, apologised for what he had done.

The defendant, who also admitted driving without insurance and otherwise in accordance of a license, was disqualified for 16 months, fined £190, ordered to pay £85 costs and a £30 surcharge.

• Craig Wilson, 39, of Prince of Wales Road, Cromer, admitted drink driving after he was spotted using his mobile phone on Boundary Road, Norwich, on December 27. He had 58 mcgs of alcohol in 100mls of breath.

Wilson, who represented himself, said: “I drank the night before and got pulled over the following day. If I’d left an hour and a half later I wouldn’t be in this mess.”

He was disqualified for 16 months, fined £200, ordered to pay costs of £85 and a £30 victim surcharge.

• Eimantas Sukys, 23, admitted failing to provide a specimen for analysis, driving without insurance and failing to stop in the Fuller’s Hill area of Yarmouth on December 24.

He also admitted aggravated vehicle taking following a separate offence on September 4 in Yarmouth when he took a friend’s car without permission but crashed it into two other vehicles.

The court heard Sukys, who the court heard lived in the Yarmouth area, was followed by police after being seen going through a red light but failed to stop and refused to give a breath test.

Rob New, for Sukys, said he did not stop as he realised he had no insurance.

He said his client accepted he should have taken the breath test.

He was jailed for two weeks for the aggravated vehicle taking for which he also received a 28 month disqualification.

For failing to provide he was banned from driving for 28 months.

He was also fined £100 for failing to stop, ordered to pay £85 costs and a £115 surcharge.

• Oliver Ross, 19, of Snoring Road, Houghton St Giles, near Little Walsingham, admitted drink driving on December 22 after he was seen having “swayed” on Holt Road, Fakenham on a number of occasions.

Ross, who admitted he had drunk “probably more than I should’ve done” had 61 mcgs of alcohol in 100mls of breath.

Ross, who represented himself, was disqualified from driving for 17 months, fined £120, ordered to pay a £30 surcharge.

• Simon Duffin, 37, of School Road, Bracon Ash, admitted drink driving after he crashed into a wall in Castle Hill, New Buckenham, on December 22. He had 70mcg of alcohol in 100mls of breath.

Duffen, who represented himself, said he was “truly sorry” and “will never do it again”.

He was disqualified for 20 months, fined £235, ordered to pay a £30 surcharge and £85 costs.


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