Drink driver jailed after injuring retired couple in Wainfleet A52 crash

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A drink-driver who injured a retired couple when he caused a head-on collision by overtaking on a blind bend was last week jailed for 18 months.

Gintaras Rukas, 25, stunned other motorists when he pulled out to pass another car on the A52 at Wainfleet St Mary.

Another driver who witnessed the overtaking remarked “he’ll end up in ditch when he goes round the corner,” Lincoln Crown Court heard.

The court was told Rukas collided with a car being driven by a 72-year-old man after staying on the wrong side of the road as he went round the bend.

Other witnesses estimated Rukas was speeding at between 70 and 80mph in a 50mph limit when the crash occurred.

Both pensioners from the vehicle Rukas struck were taken to Boston Pilgrim Hospital.

Jeremy Janes, prosecuting, said the driver of the car was lucky to escape with cuts and bruises but his wife suffered more serious injuries including a fractured sternum.

Rukas, of no fixed address, provided a positive breath test at the scene and blood samples showed he was over twice the drink-drive limit when the collision happened.

Further police investigations showed Rukas was also driving without a valid licence or insurance for his car which he had bought just a day before the crash.

Rukas, who has a four-year-old son living with his ex-wife in Bedford, admitted dangerous driving, driving with excess alcohol and driving without insurance and a licence following the crash on 14 October, 2012.

Terry Boston, mitigating told the court Rukas was an agricultural worker who worked long hours in the Summer season.

Passing sentence Judge Michael Heath told Rukas there could be no alternative to jail for such “idiotic” driving.

Rukas was also banned from driving for two years and must take an extended driving test before getting a licence.

Judge Heath told him: “When you pulled out to overtake the other car your driving was frankly idiotic. It was on a blind bend and you were on the wrong side of the road.”