Dad was drunk in charge of baby daughter at about midnight in Wakefield city centre

Rolandas Prusas
Rolandas Prusas

A dad was caught drunk in charge of his 13-month-old daughter on a cold and wet night near a city centre bar.

Rolandas Prusas, 39, was so inebriated last March that he had to use his baby’s push-chair to prop him up.

Prosecutor Alex Johnson told city magistrates how a bar manager looked out on to a city street about midnight and was surprised to see Prusas with his sleepy child in a push-chair.

He was drunk and swaying about. Mr Johnson added: “He was seen using the pushchair to support himself at one stage.”

At another point Prusas, of Dunbar Street, Wakefield, left the pram and walked up the street to talk to other people.

Mr Johnson said the weather was cold and drizzling but the push-chair’s hood had not been fully extended.

The shocked witness contacted police who came and arrested Prusas. The child was found to be in a poor state, yawning and “fighting to stay awake”.

At an earlier hearing Prusas admitted a charge of being drunk in charge of a child.

Rob Fones, mitigating, said there was nothing similar on his record.

He said Prusas had turned to alcohol as a coping mechanism because he had been having problems with his partner’s drug addiction and offending. They had been faced with eviction.

The solicitor said his client drank some lager after shopping and had been found in the company of his daughter. But he said there had been improvements since.

Magistrate Terrence Bradley, passing sentence, said: “Being drunk in a public place is one thing. Being drunk in charge of a child is something additional and is not an acceptable way of behaving. I suspect you now know that.”

But he said the court had noted that Prusas had taken steps to address his behaviour, like voluntary attendance at Wakefield Alcohol Team.

Prusas was sentenced to a 12-month community order with a 30-day activity and supervision requirements. He must also pay a victim surcharge of £60.