Man ‘very frank’ to police over drink driving

Burnley Magistrates Court
Burnley Magistrates Court

A driver more than twice the limit told police he “felt drunk”, after he was stopped for travelling erratically, a court heard.

Burnley magistrates were told how Ernestas Senulis (29) was very frank with police and told them he had had four or five shots of brandy or whisky when he picked up his friends from a Lithuanian restaurant.

He blew 81 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath - the legal limit is 35.

Senulis, of Bath Street, Nelson, admitted driving with excess alcohol on Churchill Way, Nelson, on June 26th. The defendant was banned for 20 months and was fined £350, with a £35 victim surcharge and £85 costs.

Mrs Alex Mann, prosecuting, told the court the defendant was pulled over at 3-30am.

There were three people in the car and he explained to officers what had happened. He told them he had been sleeping when the others called him, asking him to pick them up,

The defendant, who was not represented by a solicitor and had nothing similar on his record, told the bench he didn’t want to say anything to the court.