Drunken man’s behaviour causes Pilgrim A&E to be cleared

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Staff at Pilgrim Hospital were so concerned by a patient’s drunken behaviour they had to clear the A&E department, a court has been told.

Andrej Vitukevic, of no fixed abode, was taken to the site after he was found limping down the middle of Skirbeck Road in a drunken stupor on March 8 – but after police left him in the care of staff, he became so aggressive and unpredictable they were forced to get people away from the public area and ask police to come back.

At Boston Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, the 39-year-old admitted being drunk and disorderly in a public place, and said he was so appalled by his actions he would like the chance to return to Lithuania.

Vitukevic, who was not represented by a solicitor, told the bench through an interpreter: “I feel very ashamed and embarrassed by the way I acted. I am deeply sorry from the bottom of my heart. If I have chance I would like to go back to Lithuania.”

Magistrates heard that Vitukevic was crawling on the floor of the A&E department throwing coins into the air.

Jim Clare, prosecuting, said: “As the officers took hold of him he started shouting at them and trying to pull away.

“He was described as extremely drunk and was verbally abusive towards staff.”

Police were initially called out after a member of the public spotted Vitukevic stumbling down the middle of the road in the path of oncoming cars.

He was taken to hospital as a precaution as he was limping, Mr Clare said.

Describing his behaviour as ‘absolutely disgraceful’, magistrates fined him £110, gave him a £20 victim surcharge and ordered him to pay £40 towards costs.