‘I’m Putin’s cousin’ claims driver

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A man arrested by Sussex Police on suspicion of drink driving refused to be breathalysed and claimed to be Vladimir Putin’s cousin.

Sergejs Tencs also tried to intimidate the officers by claiming he was in the Russian Mafia and knew people who could harm them.

Police had been called by a member of the public who saw Tencs getting into a silver BMW in Marine Parade, Eastbourne, and then revving the engine shortly after midnight on 20 December.

Tencs refused to be breathalysed and then told the officers even if they charged him he would not turn up to court and would go back to Russia.

Because of the threat not to answer bail, Tencs, was remanded in custody

On Monday 22 December He pleaded guilty to failing to provide a specimen for analysis. He was banned from driving for six months.