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Man banned from driving after found sleeping in car in Spalding more than three times over legal alcohol limit

A man found sleeping in his car in Spalding was more than three times over the legal alcohol limit, a court has heard.

Aleksandrs Pastuhovs, 33, of Somerset Street, Hull admitted being in charge of the motor vehicle, a Lexus, while over the legal limit for alcohol.

Prosecuting, Marie Stace told Boston magistrates yesterday (Weds) that police went to Jubilee Close at 2.20am on June 22, where they found Pastuhovs asleep in the front driver's seat of the car with the engine running, the lights on and the keys in the ignition.

Boston Magistrates' Court
Boston Magistrates' Court

She said the car was in the middle of the road at an angle and there was a female passenger, also asleep, in the passenger seat.

Pastuhovs told the officers that he and his wife had stopped off at Spalding to see her sister, had had a barbeque and had then decided to sleep in the car.

After a positive breath test he gave a reading of 127 microgrammes of alcohol, the legal limit being 35.

Pastuhovs was found in his car by police
Pastuhovs was found in his car by police

Mitigating, Chris Hogg said they had been visiting his wife's sister and decided to sleep in the car, which was in the position it was because his brother-in-law had manhandled it there to get it off his drive.

Asking the magistrates not to ban him from driving, which is not mandatory, he said Pastuhovs travelled around the UK and Europe erecting stages for events and would probably lose his job if he was disqualified, as he was sometimes expected to drive the lorry.

The magistrates said they would replace the community order he 'perhaps should have had' with a fine and fined him £1,500 and ordered him to pay £235 in costs and charges.

He was also banned from driving for nine months.

Court report
Court report


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