Spalding driver found drunk and asleep in his car, who had ' no idea it was illegal', is fined and handed penalty points by magistrates
A SPALDING man had "no idea it was illegal to drink and sleep in his car", a court has been told.
Sarunas Paulauskas (26), of Roman Bank, Spalding, admitted being drunk in charge of a motor vehicle when he appeared at Boston Magistrates Court yesterday (Wednesday).
Magistrates heard that police were told about a suspected vehicle collision in Gore Lane at 8.50pm on August 30, 2018 and when they got there, officers found Paulauskas asleep in his Renault Laguna car.
A breath test showed a reading of 99 microgrammes of alcohol in per 100 millilitres of breath, more than twice the legal limit of 35 microgrammes.
Jim Clare, prosecuting, said the keys were in the ignition and the engine was still warm.
However, David Eager, mitigating, said Paulauskas had "no idea it was illegal to drink and sleep in his car".
"Mr Paulauskas had turned the engine on to charge up his phone but left it in gear so the car jumped forward," Mr Eager said.
"This had caused the witness who called the police to think there had been a collision."
Paulauskas was fined £160 and ten penalty points were put on his licence, two short of a mandatory driving ban.
He was also ordered to pay £115 in costs and charges.