Unlicenced driver found with syringes after he tried to flee police

Court news.
Court news.

An unlicenced driver who said he ‘thought he would get in to trouble for drink-driving’ and attempted to flee police has been convicted for possession.

Valentins Selepjonoks, 40, of Hartley Street, Boston, appeared at Boston Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, pleading guilty to failing to stop, driving without a licence and possessing a Class A drug.

Prosecutor Simon Rowe said officers driving on Fydell Street at 2.07am on Sunday, October 27, saw a Citreon C5 driving without its lights on.

On attempting to flag the driver down regarding the matter, they found it start to accelerate away across Sluice Bridge, down Witham Street and then on to Red Lion Street, coming to a halt on Norman Avenue.

He said a breathalyser test showed a reading of zero alcohol in Selepjonoks system but on searching the car officers found two syringes of liquid amphetamine.

They also discovered that he had failed to reapply for his licence after a previous disqualification ended.

In defence Beris Brickles said Selepjonoks had been giving a lift to his brother, and had had a drink earlier in the day – this was why he initially fled police – fearing he would be in trouble for drink driving.

He said the syringes had been in the car for a while – since a friend offered them to Selepjonoks to try, which he had but found them not to his liking, leaving them in the car.

Magistrates ordered Selepjonoks to pay a £190 fine, a £20 victim surcharge and £60 costs. They also ordered the forfeiture and destruction of the drugs.