A PERSISTENT drink and disqualified driver has been jailed and hit with a driving ban of more than five-and-a-half years.

Blackburn magistrates heard Aigaras Matulevicius had an extensive record of driving offences and had served prison sentences.

Matulevicius, 36, of Essex Close, Blackburn, pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified and without insurance on the M62 in June 2019, driving while disqualified, with excess alcohol and without insurance and failing to stop for a police officer in Blackburn on Sunday.

He was sentenced to four months in prison, banned for 68 months and ordered to pay £128 victim surcharge.

Tracy Yates, prosecuting, said the offences on Sunday were on Preston Old Road at around 3pm. Police saw a Kia being driven erratically. They indicated for the car to stop but instead it sped off, doing 60mph in a 30mph zone.

“When he eventually stopped, officers describe him staggering out of the car,” said Mrs Yates.

“He gave a roadside reading of 109 and a reading at the police station of 87 against the legal limit of 35.”

Jonathan Taylor, defending, said his client accepted he had a very bad record.