Thanks to you, a drink driver who was more than four times over the limit will spend Christmas in prison after he was jailed for 12 weeks.
Last Wednesday evening, 8 November, we were notified of a Vauxhall Insignia driving erratically in Braintree which resulted in officers stopping it on the A120.
Officers explained their concerns to the driver, 46-year-old Piotr Mroczko and smelling alcohol, they breathalysed him at the roadside where he gave a positive breath test.
Piotr Mroczko of York Road, Maidstone, was charged with drink driving after he again tested positive for alcohol when he arrived at Harlow Police station.
He was remanded in custody and appeared at Colchester Magistrates’ Court on Friday 11 November where he admitted a charge of driving with excess alcohol. As a result, he was sentenced to 12 weeks imprisonment.
Roads Policing Sergeant Chris Bramhill said:
“We want to thank the member of public who called us to report their concerns when they saw Piotr Mroczko driving dangerously along the A120 that night. Being drunk, he wasn’t fully in control of the car and was a real threat to the safety of other road users.
“When police found him, he almost caused a collision and was speeding - it took two police vehicles to bring him to a safe stop.”
Our Roads Policing officers work hard to tackle drink and drug driving. Last month we arrested 98 drink drivers, 78 drug drivers and 21 people who failed to provide a specimen.
Each year we dedicate the month of December to policing activities to target drink and drug drivers in the run up to the Christmas celebrations. This year our activities will launch early to coincide with the Men’s World Cup tournament.
Roads Policing Officer, Inspector Matt Crow, who leads our drink drive campaign, added:
“My officers are dedicated to keeping the roads in Essex safe for everyone. Drink or drug drivers pose a greater risk to other drivers and pedestrians as they have impaired reactions when driving, meaning they could cause a serious collision. We will robustly tackle this issue over the coming weeks and anyone who is arrested for drink or drug driving could also find themselves spending Christmas in prison, away from their loved ones.”