Driver arrested twice in one day

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A MAN has been jailed for 10 weeks after he was caught drink-driving twice on the same day.

Evaldas Zukauskas, of Blackthorn Close, Thetford, was caught driving with excess alcohol, driving while disqualified and driving without insurance in Castle Street, Thetford, at 3am on Monday, said Rosalind Cappleman, prosecuting.

He was charged by police and bailed, but at 11.20pm on the same day he was caught again in the same vehicle, this time in Hurth Way, Thetford, and was charged with the same three offences for a second time.

Lithuanian Zukauskas, 40, who has been living and working in the UK for one year, pleaded guilty to all six charges.

On the first occasion, his alcohol reading was 100 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath – nearly three times the legal limit.

On the second occasion – more than 20 hours later – it was 104 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.

Mark Thompson, in mitigation, said that before he committed the first offences Zukauskas had a row with his partner and stormed out of the house.

Mr Thompson also said that Zukauskas was ‘clearly very remorseful’ for the offences.

Judge David Cooper said there had been a ‘gross disregard for safety of the public’ and jailed Zukauskas for 10 weeks. He was banned from driving for three years and was given no separate penalty for driving without insurance, but his licence was endorsed.