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Motorist caught over drink drive limit for third time in 10 years gets five year disqualification

The district judge remarked: 'He shouldn't have a licence period with a record like that'

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A man who has been caught driving whilst over the limit three times in the last decade has been handed a five year disqualification.

In sentencing the 60-year-old, the district judge commented: “He shouldn’t have a licence period with a record like that.”

Romas Korsakas, of Wilton Grove in Bessbrook, had pleas of guilty entered on his behalf to driving with excess alcohol, using a vehicle without insurance and no driving licence at Newry Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

Prosecution outlined that on September 18, at 8am, police on patrol in Bessbrook observed the defendant driving a BMW vehicle which stopped on Station Close.

Checks on this vehicle showed it was not insured. Officers spoke to Korsakas who confirmed there was no insurance policy and admitted to having no licence.

After noting that the defendant smelled of intoxicating liquor, a preliminary breath test was conducted resulting in a fail.

Whilst in custody, an evidential sample of breath was obtained which gave a reading of 65mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath.

Prosecution informed the court that Korsakas had been previously convicted of driving with excess alcohol both in 2010 and 2014.

Defence solicitor Gerard Trainor stated: “This is a man who has been working here for 10 years. This was at 8 o’clock in the morning. He had been drinking the night before and had obviously been drinking far too much.

“Really he should not have been on the road at all.”

District Judge Eamonn King commented: “He shouldn’t have a licence period with a record like that.”

Korsakas was disqualified from driving for five years and was ordered to pay a fine of £550, along with the offender’s levy of £15.

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