Young mum lied about driving to try to spare partner after crash

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A young mum lied to police in a bid to spare her partner prosecution following a car crash.

Lincoln Crown Court was told on Friday how Sandra Vanagaite claimed she was actually driving the car at the time it ran off the road on the A16 at Fosdyke.

Hal Ewing, prosecuting, said that Vanagaite’s partner was the only occupant of the vehicle at the time of the crash and was seen by a witness to get out of the car.

The man failed a breath test at the scene and was taken to a Spalding Police Station. He then phoned Vanagaite and soon afterwards she arrived at the station claiming she was the driver.

Mr Ewing said: “She made a statement to that effect and signed it. The officers were highly sceptical of her account. There were a number of problems with what she said and se provided no details of the accident.”

Later Vanagaite’s partner accepted he was the driver.

Sandra Vanagaite, 23, of Alcorn Green, Boston, pleaded guilty to doing an act intending to pervert the course of justice on 23 January by making a signed statement falsely claiming she was the driver of a car involved in a road traffic collision.

She was given a four month jail sentence suspended for 12 months with 80 hours of unpaid work.

Judge Sean Morris told her: “The police never believed you for a moment and could have just told you to go away and stop being stupid.

“You were never going to get anywhere near succeeding.”

Salim Khan, defending, said Vanagaite acted on the spur of the moment after receiving the call from her partner.

He said she has a seven month old baby and an immediate jail sentence would cause significant problems for her.

“There was no real effect to the attempt to pervert the course of justice.”