Drunk driver stopped to chat on phone

A DRUNK Polish driver stopped his car in the middle of an Ipswich town centre road to use his mobile telephone a court heard.

A DRUNK Polish driver stopped his car in the middle of an Ipswich town centre road to use his mobile telephone a court heard.

Hubert Pierzynski, 24, smelt of alcohol and was acting drunk but refused to provide police with a specimen of breath on far-fetched medical grounds, South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court heard.

Gareth Davies, prosecuting said on March 17 police saw a Peugeot 306 turn from Crown Street into Museum Street and stop in the middle of the road with the engine running.

Pierzynski, formerly of Bransons College, Playford but now of no fixed address was using his mobile telephone. Police officers indicated with their flashing lights that they wanted to speak to Pierzynski but he drove off and did not stop until he was in Elm Street.

Mr Davies said: “He showed signs of intoxication and was told to provide a specimen of breath. He said for medical reasons he would not as he was allergic to vegetables, tomatoes and salad.”

Pierzynski, who has been in England for 18 months and is the subject of an Ipswich Crown Court six month suspended sentence for causing actual bodily harm, pleaded guilty to failing to provide a specimen of breath for analysis.

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Ian Duckworth, mitigating said his client had worked at the Bressingham Duck Factory but was now a warehouse man for a tile company earning around £900 a month.

He said he had an ill mother and an eight-year-old and a 15-year-old brother and sister in Poland to whom he was sending money.

District Judge David Cooper said Ipswich Crown Court would be notified of the conviction and it would be up to the higher court to activate the suspended sentence if it felt it was necessary.

Judge Cooper imposed a £500 fine and ordered Pierzynski to pay £55 towards court costs.

He was told to pay the full amount immediately or face 28 days in jail. He was also disqualified from driving for 18 months.

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