- Video report by ITV News Anglia's Malcolm Robertson
A drunken motorist who drove several miles the wrong way along a dual-carriageway in Suffolk has been jailed for 16 months.
Other motorists had to swerve to avoid Remigijus Katinas' Volvo car as it was driven at 80 miles an hour along the A14 near Ipswich.
The 47-year-old from Thetford had earlier pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and failing to provide a speciman for analysis.
He had previous speeding offences in his native Lithuania.
Prosecuting barrister Richard Kelly said the police were alerted when Katinas was seen driving westbound on the eastbound carriageway in the early hours of Boxing Day.
One of those who witnessed his driving was off-duty-police officer.
Responding to calls, a police car was positioned on the eastbound carriageway near Haughley to try and detain him.
Seeing that two of his tyres were torn and flat, they used their vehicle to stop his, causing some damage to theirs. It emerged his tyres were damaged by earlier hitting a fence after leaving a pub..
The two officers had to help Katinas out his car because he was so intoxicated he couldn't support his own body weight.
Mr Kelly said he refused to provide a specimen for analysis but a breath test five hours after the incident revealed he was still three times above the drink drive limit.
Defence counsel Kelly Fernandez-Lee said Katinas had had an argument with his partner and described the offences as totally out of character.
Sentencing him at Ipswich Crown Court, Judge John Devaux, said it was a miracle no other road user was killed or seriously injured and he commended the police officers for risking their own safety by bringing Katinas' car to a halt.
He banned him from driving for 2 years 8 months.