Peterborough drink driver assaulted three police officers on Valentine’s Day
A drink driver who led police on a pursuit in Peterborough before assaulting three officers has avoided jail.
Aivaras Osikas, of Outfield, Bretton, was spotted driving erratically by a member of the public on Valentine’s Day.
Police were called and first saw the 25-year-old’s Volkswagen Golf at noon travelling eastbound on the A605, near Haddon, towards the A1.
The officers indicated for Osikas to stop but he continued and turned onto Southgate Way and then Bakewell Road.
Osikas increased his speed to 70mph, in a 30mph limit, and ignored a no entry sign into a bus lane. However, as he turned right he lost control of the car and clipped the kerb, puncturing his front tyre.
The car came to a stop on a grass verge. As one of the officers approached the car, Osikas swore at him and fiddled with the ignition.
He eventually got out and the officer noticed he was unsteady on his feet and had glazed eyes.
Osikas refused to complete a roadside breath test and continued to swear at the officer.
As he was led to a police van he kicked one of the officers twice in the legs and continued shouting and being abusive.
At Thorpe Wood Police Station he was taken to a cell but during this headbutted two more police officers.
In an evidential breath test taken at the station, Osikas gave a reading of 87 microgrammes of alcohol in 100ml of breath – the legal limit being 35 microgrammes.
He admitted drink driving and three counts of assaulting an emergency worker at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court the following day (15 February).
On Wednesday (28 April) at Peterborough Crown Court he was sentenced to three months in prison, suspended for 18 months, and ordered to carry out a 30-day rehabilitation activity requirement.
He was also disqualified from driving for 18 months.
Sergeant Aaron Murphy, from the BCH Road Policing Unit, said: “Osikas’s behaviour was completely unacceptable and it is only through luck that his actions behind the wheel did not end in injury.
“Drink driving is one of the fatal four causes of collisions on our roads and I’d like to thank the member of the public who called in their concerns on that day.
“In addition, we take assaults against our officers very seriously and will always seek to prosecute those who attack someone simply for trying to do their job.”
People can help make the roads of Cambridgeshire safer for everyone by reporting anyone they think may be drink or drug driving via the force’s dedicated, confidential hotline.
The hotline: 0800 032 0845 is available 24/7, and gives people the chance to help reduce the number of drink or drug drivers on the roads.
For more information about drink driving, the law and the dangers it can cause, visit the force’s dedicated web page: https://bit.ly/3vq0vq9