Smirking drink-driver escapes prison after causing four vehicle pile-up at Gorleston

Taurius Lekavicius, 24, of Beccles Road, Gorleston arriving at Great Yarmouth Magistrates Court.   Pleaded guilty to drink driving and driving without insurance.  4-vehicle pile up on the A12 that put 3 people in hospital   Picture:DO NOT BYLINE Taurius Lekavicius, 24, of Beccles Road, Gorleston arriving at Great Yarmouth Magistrates Court. Pleaded guilty to drink driving and driving without insurance. 4-vehicle pile up on the A12 that put 3 people in hospital Picture:DO NOT BYLINE

Saturday, February 23, 2013
6:30 AM

A crash victim says justice has not been served after the uninsured drink driver who nearly killed him escaped a prison sentence.

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Kyle Funnell was knocked off his motorcycle at Harfreys roundabout. The motorcycle was written off . He must pay the recovery company a £150 release fee to get his bike back. He doesn't have the cash, and a further £10 is added to the bill for every day the company have the bike.

Picture: SuppliedKyle Funnell was knocked off his motorcycle at Harfreys roundabout. The motorcycle was written off . He must pay the recovery company a £150 release fee to get his bike back. He doesn't have the cash, and a further £10 is added to the bill for every day the company have the bike. Picture: Supplied

Innocent motorcyclist Kyle Funnell, 19, was on his way to sit an exam at Great Yarmouth College when factory worker Taurius Lekavicius, 24, screeched into the back of him.

Lekavicius, of Beccles Road, Gorleston, had finished a shift at work at 5am and decided to enjoy beers and whisky with friends before getting behind the wheel, Great Yarmouth Magistrates’ Court heard.

And on February 6 he caused a four vehicle pile-up and injured three people when the VW Golf he was driving ploughed into the back of Mr Funnell’s motorbike on the A12 at Gorleston, near to the Harfrey’s roundabout.

Despite the severity of the incident - which happened shortly after 9am - lead magistrate Louise Barber spared Lekavicius jail when he was sentenced yesterday.

Kyle Funnell was knocked off his motorcycle at Harfreys roundabout. The motorcycle was written off . He must pay the recovery company a £150 release fee to get his bike back. He doesn't have the cash, and a further £10 is added to the bill for every day the company have the bike.

Picture: James BassKyle Funnell was knocked off his motorcycle at Harfreys roundabout. The motorcycle was written off . He must pay the recovery company a £150 release fee to get his bike back. He doesn't have the cash, and a further £10 is added to the bill for every day the company have the bike. Picture: James Bass

She had told Lekavicius: “You understand you could go to prison this afternoon?”

Smirking, he replied: “I understand.”

Mr Funnell, of Selwyn Drive, Belton, had flown 15ft along the fast lane, breaking a bone in his shoulder and injuring his neck upon impact.

He said of the sentence handed to Lekavicius: “I don’t think it’s harsh enough and I don’t feel justice has been served.

“It seems like he’s got off free considering what he could have done.

“I was expecting at least a prison sentence but it seems like he’s got a slap on the wrist.”

He said paramedics arriving at the scene had expected him to be dead when the incident was radioed to them.

“I couldn’t move my arm at all or stand up,” he added. “I’ve never been in that much pain before.”

Lekavicius gave a reading of 95mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath - the legal limit is 35mcg - and at his first hearing on Wednesday he pleaded guilty to drink driving and driving without insurance.

Lead magistrate Ms Barber said aggravating factors - including the pile-up and the three injured drivers - made the offence “more serious”.

But she told the court his early guilty plea and previous good character meant a jail term could be suspended.

Lekavicius was handed an eight week prison term suspended for 12 months, a 36 month driving ban, ordered to complete 200 hours unpaid work and pay £300 compensation to each of the three crash victims.

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