King’s Lynn drink driver who caused fatal crash declared unfit for trial

A 21-year-old drink-driver who killed another man in a head-on collision after driving the wrong way along the A1 for five miles has been declared unfit to stand trial.

Arturas Gilys was banned from driving after he took his Rover 25 southbound on the northbound carriageway and smashed into a transit van at Easton, near Grantham, Lincs.

Lincoln Crown Court heard the smash left his cousin Linas Gilys, 18, dead while Ashley Wright, a passenger in the transit, suffered horrific injuries.

Arturas Gilys of Bagge Road, King's Lynn, suffered permanent brain damage. As a result he was ruled mentally unfit to stand trial.

Instead a rare hearing was convened to decide whether or not he caused death by dangerous driving.

The jury at Lincoln Crown Court took just 30 minutes to find Gilys was responsible for the fatal smash and had committed offences of both death by dangerous driving and driving while disqualified on September 6, 2009.

But Judge Michael Heath then revealed that by law he was unable to jail Gilys.

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Instead Gilys was given a two year community order and was banned from driving for ten years.

The court heard a blood test revealed 164mgs of alcohol per 100mls of blood in Gilys's system, more than twice the legal limit.

At the time Gilys was under a two year driving ban imposed on October 28, 2008 for drink driving.

Judge Heath said: 'If this had been a normal case and he had been found guilty or pleaded guilty he would have gone to prison for a very long time indeed but I am limited by law in how I can deal with him.'