Attleborough drink-driver tried to hide in back seat
A drink-driver who tried to hide in the backseat of his car when pulled over by police has been banned from driving for two years.
Darius Simkevicius, of Queens Road, Attleborough, pleaded guilty to driving above the legal alcohol limit at Norwich Magistrates' court today.
The court heard that police tried to pull him over in Cyprus Road, Attleborough, just after 9.30pm on September 22 as they believed he was speeding.
Richard White, prosecuting, said that he did not stop instantly, instead drove on, hitting the kerb on Springfields, before stopping in Lavender Close.
Mr White said: 'At that point he (the police officer) saw the driver climb from the driver's seat into the back seat. He said he was not the driver and said it was the other person sat in the passenger seat.'
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Simkevicius, 26, was breathalysed and found to have 94mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath – the legal limit is 35mg.
Rob New, defending, said: 'He says he was drinking at a friend's address and was on the way to his sister's to pick up more alcohol. He recognises he was over the limit and there was an element of panic when required to stop.'
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Head of the bench Diana Reid fined him �400 and disqualified him from driving for two years, although it will be reduced by six months if he undergoes a rehabilitation course.