Dad took a drink-drive to fetch baby formula

Court news.
Court news.

A late night trip to the shop for baby formula landed a man in court after he was pulled over by police for drink driving.

Radoslaw Ligocki, 35, of Westfield Avenue, Boston, pleaded guilty to driving while over the limit at Boston Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday.

Prosecutor Nick Todd told magistrates that police pulled Ligocki over on Lister Way ‘just past midnight’ on October 1, 2014, because he was driving too slow.

A roadside breath test was failed and another at Boston Police Station result showed 101 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath (legal limit 35).

Defending, Rachel Stevens said: “Ligocki doesn’t seek to make excuses, it was early hours in the morning, they had run out of baby formula and he was pressured to go and get some.”

Magistrates ordered a verbal probation report on Ligocki before making a decision on sentence.

Probation officer Chris Payne told the court that Ligocki had drunk three beers during the course of the day in question, but had consumed considerably more the day before and had not realised the ‘stacking’ effects.

He said he had decided to drive rather than walk because it was so late.

He said it was a ‘foolish decision, and one he will not make again’.

Ligocki works for Bakkavor and has four children living with him, two from his current partner. On top of that he also has another child with a former partner living elsewhere in the UK and two other children in Poland.

He was disqualified from driving for 24 months, and ordered to carry out 100 hours unpaid work.

He was also ordered to pay £85 costs and £60 victim surcharge.