Drunk driver banned after smash

editorial image
Share this article

A WIGAN motorist who was found to be well over the limit following a high-speed motorway crash has been banned from driving.

Amandas Kalinauskas was breathalysed at the roadside after his black Audi A4 overturned on the M6 motorway near Haydock in the early hours of September 22.

St Helens Magistrates’ Court heard how the 28-year-old, of Gildlow Lane, Wigan, was found to have 89 microgrammes of alcohol per 100ml of breath. The limit is 35.

Lionel Cope, prosecuting, told how the defendant’s vehicle was on its roof on the hard shoulder following the crash shortly after 2am.

When police arrived at the scene - near Junction 23 - Kalinauskas was spotted crawling out of the driver’s side window.

He was spoken to at the scene but smelt strongly of alcohol and his speech was slurred.

Magistrates fined Kalinauskas £270 and ordered him to pay £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

They also banned him from driving for 22 months.