Dad drink-drove to send money to daughter in Lithuania

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A dad said he drove while more than three-and-a-half times the drink limit to send money for his daughter in Lithuania.

Stanislav Rogelevic, 34, of Field Street, Boston, appeared before Boston Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, pleading guilty to driving when the proportion of alcohol in his breath was 124 microgrammes in 100 millilitres of breath (legal limit 35).

Prosecutor Jim Clare said police stopped Rogelevic on Punchbowl Lane after seeing him driving unusually ‘slowly and carefully’, stall at a roundabout and noticed his lights were off. He was also said to have swerved from side to side.

Defending, Sacha Waxman said Rogelevic was a Lithuanian national who had lived in the UK for six years. She explained he lived with his current partner who was two months pregnant but also had a nine-year-old daughter living in Lithuania.

Rogelevic had been giving his former partner, the girl’s mother who also lives in Boston, ‘thousands of pounds’ to send to the child but had recently found out the ex had not been sending the money on, Ms Waxman said. He decided to send the money directly and asked a friend to lend him £1,000.

On the night in question, he had been drinking when he received a text saying he could borrow the money but would have to pick it up. Ms Waxman said he drove because wanted to send the money as soon as possible. Ms Waxman said the defendant, who worked full-time at a factory, was ‘very much upset’ and ashamed.

Rogelevic, who cried in the courtroom, was ordered to do 180 hours unpaid work and pay £60 victim surcharge and £85 costs. He was disqualified from driving for 30 months.