Ipswich A14 – Lorry driver jailed after drink-driving
A 35 year-old lorry driver has been sentenced to 16 weeks imprisonment and banned from driving for 3 years after admitting being over four times the legal limit for drink-driving after he was stopped by police on the A14 near Ipswich.
Vitalijus Krivenokas, of no fixed abode, appeared at Ipswich Magistrates Court on Monday 12 August and pleaded guilty to drink driving, driving whilst disqualified and driving without motor insurance. He was sentenced to 16 weeks imprisonment, disqualified from driving for 3 years and ordered to pay £105 in costs and a victims surcharge of £122.
On Friday 9 August 2019 police were called at 8:40pm by a member of the public due to the manner of driving of a an HGV lorry on the eastbound carriageway A14 near Claydon. Police were despatched and located the lorry swerving across the road with no illuminated headlights at Wherstead. It was brought to a stop by officers at Ransomes Way, Ipswich.
Krivenokas failed a roadside breath test, providing a reading of 139 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. He was arrested and brought to Martlesham Police Investigation Centre and was then found to have 140 microgrammes of alcohol in his breath, four times the legal limit.
PC Byron Hearsum, of the Roads and Armed Policing Team, said: " Vitalijus Krivenokas showed complete disregard for the lives of other road users - and himself - when he got behind the wheel of his lorry, having consumed a significant amount of alcohol making him four times the legal limit of alcohol. We are grateful to the member of the public who reported him to police.
"Drink and drug driving is one of the ‘fatal four’ offences which makes people more likely to be killed or seriously injured in a collision; alongside speeding, using a mobile phone and not wearing a seatbelt.
"Enforcing these offences is part of our daily business in the Roads and Armed Policing Team and we all believe passionately in catching those people who are prepared to risk lives and we will continue to work to make our roads safe for all users.”