A LITHUANIAN shipbuilder, who moved to Britain because he wanted to see the world, has been sent to prison after being caught more than twice over the drink-drive limit while already disqualified from driving.
Viktor Titov, 25, of King Street, Burton, was refused entry to Tesco, on St Peter’s Bridge, Burton, after a security guard saw the him staggering across the car park in the early hours of June 1.
He became abusive when the security guard prevented his female friend from buying alcohol, Emma Thompson, prosecuting, told the Burton Magistrates’ Court.
Titov then walked to his Audi A4, opened the door and started the engine.
But the security officer, who had followed Titov, turned off the engine, took the keys out of the ignition and called the police.
When tested at the police station, Titov was found to have 113 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.
Titov, who spent four years training as a shipbuilder in his native Lithuania, had been disqualified from driving for 28 months in January for an alcohol-related crime and was serving a 12-month community order at the time of the offence.
Simon Dean, defending, told the court: “He is deeply ashamed and it is something he will not repeat.
“He is a highly trained young man. He decided he wished to see the world a little and came here.
“Within a week he had employment where he has been ever since.
“He is a resourceful and hard working young man and it’s a pity for him that this is a blight on what was a good start to living in this country.”
Titov pleaded guilty to drink-driving, driving while disqualified and driving without insurance.
Presiding magistrate Ann Eason sentenced Titov to 16 weeks in prison and banned from driving for 46 months.
She said: “It was a very high reading and you showed a blatant disregard for the court order.”