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Thursday, February 21, 2013
A drink driver who caused a four vehicle pile-up on a dual carriageway had been enjoying beers after finishing a shift at 5am, a court heard.
Taurius Lekavicius, of Beccles Road, Gorleston, left three people in hospital when he ploughed into the back of a motorbike on the A12 at Gorleston.
The 24-year-old had been spotted undertaking at speeds approaching 80mph in a 50mph zone before the accident near to the Harfrey’s roundabout shortly after 9am on Wednesday, February 6.
He was driving from his home towards Yarmouth in a VW Golf and did not see the motorbike until it was too late, Great Yarmouth Magistrates’ Court heard yesterday.
Police, fire crews and ambulances attended and the carriageway was shut for more than two hours.
The motorbike was “more than likely a write-off” and the biker was taken to the James Paget University Hospital (JPH) in Gorleston with neck and shoulder injuries.
The bike shunted into a Vauxhall Astra, and this in turn hit the Renault Clio in front - damaging both cars and injuring both drivers.
Gary Mayle, prosecuting, said one witness - a minibus driver - saw “a small foreign car undertaking at high speed”.
He added the VW Golf was travelling at around 80mph in a 50mph limit.
“The vehicle then pulled into his lane,” said Mr Mayle. “He said he never saw any brake lights come on and it continued towards the roundabout intending to drive straight over. There was a motorbike in front, he didn’t brake and drove straight into it.”
When police officers arrived they approached the vehicle driven by Lekavicius.
“Straight away he said ‘I’m fine’ and straight away the officer smelt alcohol,” said Mr Mayle. “Asked if he had been drinking, he said ‘yes’.”
He added: “I’m responsible for this.”
His roadside breath sample was 78mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath - double the legal limit of 35mcg - and by the time he got to the police station it had risen to 95mcg of alcohol - almost triple the legal limit.
Lekavicius had told officers at the scene: “I finished my shift around 5am and had some beer with some friends. I felt fine.”
Asked why he was drink driving, he told the court: “I’m stupid.”
The Lithuanian - who was unrepresented - pleaded guilty to drink driving and driving without insurance.
Chairman of the bench Michael Gooderson handed him an interim driving ban and adjourned sentence until tomorrow (Friday) at 9.30am while a report is prepared.
“It was a high speed accident, it was erratic driving, there were four vehicles involved in the pile-up and three victims were seriously injured and had to go to hospital,” said Mr Gooderson. “The overall disregard for members of the public and UK law takes the seriousness of this offence into the custodial.”
Nearly 3,000 people have supported a Facebook campaign demanding safety improvements on the A47 near Dereham set up after the latest fatal crash.
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