Grieving uncle drove for cigarettes in Spalding while over the limit

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A Godfather who took the stillbirth of his brother’s first child “very badly” drank to cope with the situation, but made the decision to drive after running out of cigarettes, a court has been told.

Wojciech Godlewski (37), of Thistle Gardens, Spalding, appeared at Boston Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, where he pleaded guilty to driving above the legal limit, failing to stop for a constable, driving without a licence and driving without insurance.

Prosecutor Jim Clare told the court how, on December 4, 2015, a police officer stepped out in front of a vehicle which he described as ‘screeching around the corner’ in an attempt to stop it.

He said, however, the PC had to move out of the way to avoid being hit, and messaged another officer who followed the vehicle to Carrington Road where Godlewski handed over a provisional licence.

He was arrested following a positive roadside breath test and at Boston Police Station blew 106 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath (legal limit 35).

In mitigation, Phillipa Chatterton, told the court that Godlewski, a Polish national who had lived in the area for two years, resided at Thistle Gardens with his partner, his brother and his brother’s partner.

His brother had been expecting his first child and Godlewski was due to be Godfather – however, three weeks before Christmas the child was stillborn.

Miss Chatterton said: “My client took this very badly indeed and says the whole situation was extremely distressing.

“This particular day he had been at work, thinking about the situation – he became very down and depressed and drank to cope with it.”

She said Godlewski rarely drank, but ran out of cigarettes and, “not thinking straight because of what had happened he went to buy more”.

She added, that the car he was driving was insured for him, but that because there was no fully-qualified driver in the car with him it was invalidated. She also handed magistrates a letter of support from his friends.

Magistrates’ disqualified Godlewski from driving for 26 months, and ordered him to pay a £335 fine, £34 victim surcharge and £85 costs. His licence was also endorsed with six penalty points.