Have-a-go hero Darren Summers, 39, chased down fellow driver Augustinas Karvelis after he was rammed in his Renault Clio three times while driving back from the cinema in Ipswich.
Nice to see one of these drink driving idiots get his comeuppance. Or should I say that it would be nice to see one of these idiots get his comeuppance – he didn’t. Despite being twice the drink drive limit; driving without insurance; as well as driving whilst banned – he received just a 24 week prison sentence, of which he will serve just half.
The Lithuanian, who only moved to Ipswich five days before the incident, certainly won’t see the error of his ways from such a lenient sentence. He’s already been banned from driving for drink driving once already, and I am sure that it won’t be long before we see Augustinas Karevalis’ name in the papers again, but this time on a death by dangerous driving charge.
As the man who caught him said:
“When I was 17 I got banned for speeding. Being young I decided to drive my car to go to work and I got six months for driving while disqualified and I hadn’t been drinking.
He was already a drink driver before this. He was well over the limit and he rammed my car three times to get away. Not only did he put me in danger and my wife in danger, if I had not rammed him, you don’t know if any members of the public would have been killed and I wasn’t prepared for that to happen.
I would like to see harsher penalties for people who drink drive once they start hitting double the drink-drive limit.”
So would we all. Not to mention instant deportation for those who continue to break the law.
Unfortunately the likes of Augustinas Karevalis are free to come to this country, flout the law, and yet are still not being removed for everyone else’s safety. Indeed, in modern Britain it is almost impossible to be actually be deported.
It is also quite surprising that the man performing the citizen’s arrest wasn’t arrested himself on some jumped up assault charge. This seems to be what happens these days, as is evident from the fact that the number of citizen’s arrests have dropped ten-fold over the past decade. People don’t usually want to get involved as it simply is not worth the risk.
Perhaps if the police weren’t so heavy handed, more people like Darren Summers would make a stand. But then, what would be the point when they receive such inconsequential sentences? I am sure that Darren Summers is now wondering why he bothered.