Repeat-offending drink-driver banned for 40 months

The 29-year-old defendant was fined 300.
The 29-year-old defendant was fined 300.
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A drink-driver who went on an awareness course before re-offending was refused the chance to attend another course by magistrates.

The Burnley bench heard how butcher Raimundas Jukne was convicted of excess alcohol in January 2013 and was banned for two years.

This time he was ordered off the road for 40 months by the justices, after turning out to be almost twice the limit on his birthday. He had not been insured and did not have a licence either. The defendant was told by the chairman: "You don't seem to have learned from the last time."

Jukne, who is from Lithuania, admitted driving with excess alcohol on Scotland Road in Nelson, with no licence and no insurance last December 15th. The 29-year-old defendant, of Bath Street, Nelson, was fined £300 and told to pay £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

Mrs Tracy Yates, prosecuting, said police received a report of a vehicle possibly being driven by a drink-driver. The car was seen on Scotland Road and it then pulled into a petrol station with three men on board.

The prosecutor said the officer spoke to the driver, he gave a positive roadside sample and was taken to the police station, where he blew 61 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

Mr Vaqas Latif, defending, said Jukne had been out with some friends for his birthday and had a few drinks.

The solicitor continued: "Unfortunately, he made the error of getting in his vehicle. It wasn't a very long distance, it was very late at night and there was very low traffic. He appreciates it's the second time he has done this and it's unacceptable.

"He wishes to express his remorse."