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Motorist jailed as part of drink-drive campaign

A 24-year-old man has been jailed after he was caught drink-driving just days after being banned from the roads for the same crime.

Paulius Burlingaitis, 24, was arrested at 8.10pm on 21 December after officers stopped his car in Peglar Way, Crawley, when checks on the police database suggested it was being driven without insurance.

When they pulled the car over they found Burlingaitis, of Guildford Road, Horsham, drunk at the wheel.

On 18 December Burlingaitis had appeared at Crawley Magistrates’ Court charged with drink-driving, driving without a licence and driving without insurance. He had been ordered to appear there after officers who stopped his car because it was being driven without lights in Haslett Avenue East, Crawley, on 19 October found he was committing a string of offences.

He admitted all of the offences in court on 18 December and was banned from driving for three years, fined £500 and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

Three days later Burlingaitis was found driving drunk again.

He pleaded guilty to drink-driving, driving while disqualified and driving without insurance when he appeared at Crawley Magistrates’ Court on 29 January for the second set of offences and was jailed for 20 weeks and banned from the roads for four years.

Burlingaitis is the first person to be jailed after being arrested as part of Sussex Police’s crackdown on drink and drug drivers in December last year.

Chief Inspector Natalie Moloney said: “The behaviour of Burlingaitis is exactly the type that we are trying to tackle every day.

“Not only did he drive drunk and without a licence or insurance but despite magistrates banning him the road he was back at it again within days.

“He can spend the next few months in prison thinking about what he has done and hopefully the message will sink in that not only is drink-driving dangerous but it could cost you your liberty.”

You can text officers on 65999 with the details of people you suspect of drink or drug driving, along with their car make and registration number.

To report anyone driving antisocially visit www.operationcrackdown.co.uk.

If you know someone is driving after drinking or taking drugs call 999.

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