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Haverhill drink driver caught more than four times over the limit receives suspended jail sentence

A man caught drink driving more than four times over the legal limit has received a suspended jail sentence.

Mariusz Kawinski, 52, was stopped by police on Tuesday, September 8 following a call from a member of the public who was concerned about the manner of his driving on the A134 in Bury St Edmunds .

He was found to be more than four times above the legal limit, was arrested in Bury St Edmunds and later charged.

Ipswich Magistrates' Court
Ipswich Magistrates' Court

Kawinski, of Montfort Court in Haverhill , appeared at Ipswich Magistrates' Court on Wednesday where he pleaded guilty to driving while above the prescribed alcohol limit.

He received a 16-week custodial sentence, suspended for two years, was disqualified from driving for 36 months and ordered to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work within the next 12 months.

Kawinski also pleaded guilty to using a motor vehicle with the cords exposed in the tyre and for driving a motor vehicle when the windscreen was not maintained to allow for unobscured vision.

He was given a £300 fine for each of these offences and ordered to pay a £128 victim surcharge as well as £105 to the Crown Prosecution Service.

Inspector Gary Miller, from the Joint Road and Armed Policing Team said: "There is no excuse for Mariusz Kawinski’s decision to drive while in no fit condition and he is very lucky it did not have more serious or even fatal consequences, either for himself or other road users.

"To drive while in that state, and in a vehicle that was not fit for the road, is totally unacceptable.

"I am very grateful to the member of the public that reported their concerns to us.

"Thanks to their call and the swift response of my officers, Kawinski will not be allowed on our roads for an extended period and will have time to think about the consequences of his actions.

"Remember the main causes of serious injuries and death on the road, involve one of the fatal four - drink-driving, excessive speed, not wearing a seat belt, using a mobile phone."

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