Drink-driver reached 90mph through Lincolnshire town
A DRINK driver who reached speeds of 90mph during a police chase through Boston was jailed for nine months and banned from driving for two years.
Piotr Szwochert, who was found to have drunk more than double the legal limit of alcohol, attracted attention after he reversed into another car on London Road, Boston.
Phil Howes, prosecuting, told Lincoln Crown Court that police were told about the crash and within 10 minutes officers in a patrol car spotted Szwochert.
He ignored a request to stop and instead drove away at 70mph in a 30mph limit.
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Mr Howes said that Szwochert's Vauxhall Vectra car bounced on the tracks as it crossed the railway line and at one point narrowly missed a cyclist coming in the opposite direction.
He continued on to John Adams Way reaching 80mph and eventually 90mph before losing control and colliding with railings sending debris flying into the air.
The motorist was taken to Boston Police Station where a breath test revealed he had 77 mgs of alcohol per 100 mls of breath compared to the legal limit of 35 mgs.
Szwochert, 29, of St Ann's Wharf, Boston, admitted dangerous driving, excess alcohol and failing to stop for a police constable as a result of the incident on the evening of July 15.
Judge Michael Heath told him "If you drive dangerously whilst you are affected by alcohol the only sentence that this court can justify is a prison sentence."
Liz Harte, defending, said her client took full responsibility for what he did.
"He has completely refused to seek any sort of excuse or mitigation for himself in his behaviour that night.
"More by luck than judgement no injuries were sustained by anybody."
She said Szwochert was a hard worker and urged he should escape an immediate jail sentence.