Motorist sentenced to 17 days behind bars

A MOTORIST who was found to be driving over the limit when he was banned from being behind the wheel has been sent to prison for 17 weeks.

Janis Sturis was caught by police after he was involved in a collision on Main Ridge East on July 2, when a member of the public reported the BMW he had been driving had crashed.

The 30-year-old was found to be 85 units over the drink-drive limit when he was tested for alcohol, and police later discovered he was also in the middle of a lengthy disqualification.

Sturis, of Church Road, Boston, pleaded guilty to driving while over the limit, driving while disqualified and, as a result, driving without third party insurance when he appeared at Boston Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

Marie Stace, prosecuting, said the defendant gave an alcohol reading of 120 microgrammes in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

She told the bench he had been banned from driving in July 2009, and that he had several previous convictions for drink-driving.

However, in mitigation, David Lee said Sturis had not intended to drive that day, but having had a lot to drink he decided to get behind the wheel.

Mr Lee said: “It was only having consumed alcohol when his thinking was not perhaps what it was that he drove the vehicle.”

Magistrates said his crimes were so serious that a sentence of imprisonment would be the only appropriate punishment. They sentenced him to two 17 week sentences for driving over the limit and driving whilst disqualifed. The two sentences will run concurrently.

Sturis’ driving licence will 
be endorsed for driving 
while disqualified and he was given a new 50 month disqualification.