London, Oct 10(ANI): A Russian captain got so drunk while he was behind the wheel of a 30,000 tonne ship that he crashed it twice into the lock gates, and when the cops questioned him over the incident, he asked for some more vodka.
44-year-old Viatcheslav Poleshchuk was described as all over the place as he tried to maneuver his 100-metre long ship, RMS Bell, which was loaded with scrap aluminum through Goole port in East Yorkshire.
He was heading for the Humber estuary but he was eventually stopped and quizzed by the police.
Blood tests later showed that the Russian was more than four times the limit, and had 157 milligrams of alcohol in his blood when the legal limit is 35.
“It is outrageous to be in charge of a great big vessel while over the drink limit. My instinct is a custodial sentence,” the Daily Mirror quoted Judge Michael Mettyear, as saying.
The captain admitted that he had drunk a bottle of vodka, but later changed it to five or six pints, and pleaded guilty being over the prescribed alcohol limit for a ship’s master.
Poleshchuk was remanded in custody for a week while the judge takes time to consider what to do with the drunken sailor. (ANI)