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King’s Lynn man crashed into parked car in West Winch while more than four times the drink-drive limit





A 43-year-old crashed into a parked vehicle while he was more than four times the legal drink-driving limit.

Lynn man Romans Semjonovs, of Blackfriars Road, appeared at the town’s magistrates’ court on Thursday charged with three offences.

He pleaded guilty to drink-driving, driving without insurance, and driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence.

Romans Semjonovs crashed into a parked vehicle while he was more than four times the legal drink-driving limit. Picture: iStock
Romans Semjonovs crashed into a parked vehicle while he was more than four times the legal drink-driving limit. Picture: iStock

Crown prosecutor Nicola Lamb told magistrates that on March 17, shortly after 3am, Semjonovs was witnessed pulling up outside a property on Mill Lane in West Winch.

A neighbour heard him “idling” outside before reversing his Citroen Picasso into her vehicle.

She ran out to “confront” him before calling police – who could smell alcohol on Semjonovs when they arrived at the scene.

They discovered empty cans of beer in the middle of his car, and found him to be unsteady of his feet.

After being arrested, subsequent tests revealed that Semjonovs had 159mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system – with the legal limit being 35mcg.

Ms Lamb said that the defendant expressed remorse following the incident.

In mitigation, solicitor George Sorrell told magistrates that Semjonovs had a full Polish driving licence at the time of his offences. However, as he had recently obtained a provisional UK licence, this overrode the European equivalent – meaning he was driving without a full licence.

Due to the high level of alcohol in his system, magistrates – led by Ginni Hutton – asked for probation officer John O’Grady to carry out a pre-sentence report.

Mr O’Grady said that Semjonovs had been at his girlfriend’s house on the night and, after having an argument, he made the “stupid decision” to drive after drinking a bottle of whiskey.

Semjonovs’s intention was reportedly to park up and phone a friend who would then take him to work the following morning.

“He offers a full apology to the court and understands the seriousness of what he has done,” Mr O’Grady said.

He added that Semjonovs currently lives in a studio flat with his 16-year-old daughter, has no mental health problems, and does not have any alcohol-related issues.

The defendant had not drank for two years prior to his March 17 offences, and has not done since.

Semjonovs was not aware that he could send his Polish licence to the DVLA in return for a UK equivalent, and instead made the decision to apply for a provisional before taking a driving test.

Based on recommendations made by Mr O’Grady, magistrates opted to hand Semjonovs a 12 month community order which will require him to complete 300 hours of unpaid work and 15 Rehabilitation Activity Requirement days.

He was also disqualified from driving for 36 months, and was ordered to pay £105 in legal costs and a £114 victim surcharge.

His licence was endorsed for his no insurance and no licence offences.



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