Ipswich motorist jailed again for fourth drink-drive offence in less than five years

Drink-drivers banned (Stock image)

Drink-drivers banned (Stock image) - Credit: PA

An Ipswich drink-driver is back behind bars today after being caught driving while over the alcohol limit for the fourth time in less than five years.

Slawomir Inczewski

Slawomir Inczewski - Credit: Archant

Slawomir Inczewski’s latest jail term comes only 10 months after he was imprisoned for 30 weeks after drink-driving while banned from the road. He had only been disqualified from driving two months earlier when given a his second drink-drive ban.

The 32-year-old from Sirdar Road was caught drunk behind the wheel again when police spotted him in Rendlesham Road, Ipswich, at around 3.15pm on Sunday.

Sergeant Ali Livingstone recognised Inczewski, who was driving a gold VW Passat.

The officer knew the Polish-national was banned and pulled over his vehicle.

Inczewski’s breath smelled of alcohol and a roadside breath test indicated a positive reading.

He was taken to Martlesham police investigation centre where the lowest of two readings taken was 51 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35mcgs.

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In interview he is said to have told police he had consumed four or five beers in a park.

Inczewski was charged and remanded in custody until a hearing before South East Suffolk Magistrates Court.

When he appeared before magistrates he pleaded guilty through an interpreter to drink-driving, driving while disqualified and driving with no insurance.

The Chairman of the Bench told Inczewski the matter was so serious only a custodial term was justified.

He was jailed for 26 weeks, reduced to 18 weeks to take account of his early guilty plea.

In addition to his imprisonment Inczewski was also disqualified from driving for five years and must take an extended re-test before being legally able to drive again.

He was also told to pay £80 to the victims’ fund.

Inczewski’s previous drink-driving convictions occurred in May last year, in 2013, and in September 2010.

After Inczewski’s imprisonment Sgt Ali Livingstone said; “This is not the first time I’ve stopped him for drink driving and by blatantly ignoring his previous driving ban and drink driving again he has showed a complete disregard for public safety.

“In interview Inczewski admitted that he had been banned for driving a year ago, knew that he had been banned until 2018 and had no insurance to drive the VW Passat on the road. He also admitted being over the limit.

“We are committed to targeting individuals who drive when they know they pose a risk to others through drink or drugs and hope the sentence will demonstrate that those who repeatedly offend will face a custodial term.”

The life and crimes of Slawomir Inczewski

May 2014

Driving while disqualified, drink driving (111mcgs in 100mls of breath) and driving with no insurance. Total of 30 weeks’ imprisonment – 18 weeks for the offences and the previous 12-week suspended prison sentence activated.

March 2014

Driving while disqualified, failing to stop after an accident and driving without insurance. Offence took place on November 11, 2013.

Disqualified from driving for 51 months and 12-week suspended prison sentence, along with 180 hours’ unpaid work.


Drink-driving, resisting a police officer, driving without a licence and insurance

September 2010

Drink-driving while three times the alcohol limit of 35mcgs. Banned from driving for two years and ordered to pay £685 in fines and costs.