Jail for driver caught drunk behind wheel for third time in two years

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A SERIAL drink driver has been jailed after being caught for the third time in two years.

Arunas Abromavicius, 30, was already a banned drink-driver when officers from Sussex Police spotted him driving erratically in Hillsborough Road, Bognor Regis, at 2am on Tuesday.

He has now been sent to prison after magistrates heard he had already been convicted of drink-driving in both 2012 and 2013.

Abromavicius was first convicted in June 2012 after he was stopped in an uninsured vehicle while driving drunk and without a licence.

He was disqualified from driving for 17 months but in August last year he was caught drink-driving again after being pulled over by police on the A259 in Bosham.

When he was breathalysed, officers discovered he was more than three times the drink-drive limit, was driving without insurance, was already a banned drink-driver and was in a car he had taken without the owner’s consent.

Magistrates banned him from driving again -– this time for four years – and gave him a 12-week prison sentence suspended for 18 months.

Abromavicius, of Annandale Avenue, Bognor Regis, was still the subject of that suspended sentence when he was arrested this week and charged with drink-driving, driving while disqualified and driving without insurance, under the police drink-driving crackdown, Operation Dragonfly.

He was jailed for 15 weeks, banned from driving for 45 months and ordered to pay a £80 victim surcharge.

Superintendent Jane Derrick, the head of roads policing in Sussex and Surrey, said: ‘Hopefully his jail sentence will convince him that his selfish actions do have consequences for him as well as all the other road users whose lives he puts in danger when he drinks and drives.

‘Drink-driving is totally unacceptable and we will take action.’