Yorkshire Truck Driver Jailed
4:44pm 18th August 2010
A truck driver has been sent to prison for 28 days and banned from the roads for two years after being caught behind the wheel while almost three times over the drink-drive limit.
47 year old Mariusz Mazinowski, from the town of Szamotuey in Poland, was pulled over by the police near junction 48 on the A1, near Harrogate, at 10am on Monday 16th August 2010.
This followed a call to the police control room from a male motorist who had noticed the 44-tonne Mercedes HGV being driven erratically.
When Traffic Sergeant Ian Pope spoke to the driver it was clear he was under the influence of alcohol.
A roadside breath-test showed that Mazinowski recorded 99 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.
He was arrested and taken into custody where he was charged with drink-driving.
He appeared at Harrogate Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 17th August where he pleaded guilty to the offence and was handed the custodial sentence and road ban.
Traffic Sergeant Pope, of the Harrogate Road Policing Group, said: “It is beyond belief that a so-called professional driver in control of a 44-tonne heavy goods vehicle would put other road users and himself at such serious risk.
“This alarming and reckless behaviour has quite rightly resulted in a spell behind bars and a two-year ban from the road.
“I would like to pass on my gratitude to the member of the public who noticed the manner of driving of the HGV and enabled the police to avert a potential tragedy.”
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