Carpenter earns driving disqualification after crashing van in Dagenham through drink

Barkingside Magistrates Court

Barkingside Magistrates Court - Credit: Archant

A self-employed carpenter crashed his van into another vehicle after being twice over the legal drink drive limit.

Emilis Pulkauskas drove off after having an argument with his wife over the safety of their child in relation to a road near to their home in Dewey Road, Dagenham, but had been drinking beer beforehand.

Pulkauskas, a Lithuanian national, pleaded guilty to drink driving at Barkingside Magsistrates’ Court on Thursday, July 25, through an interpreter.

Defending the 38-year-old, Steve Holliday, said he admitted straight away that he had been drinking following the accident.

He said: “When he is working he doesn’t indulge in alcohol,” adding that Pulkauskas had just come back from a holiday when he drove while over the limit along Orchard Road, Dagenham, on July 8.

Deputy District Judge Greaves sentenced Pulkauskas to a carry out 100 hours unpaid work, disqualified him from driving for 24 months and ordered him to pay court costs of £145.