Christmas Day crash drink-driver banned

High Peak Magistrates Court, Buxton.
High Peak Magistrates Court, Buxton.
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A man has been banned from driving after crashing his car on Christmas Day – while more than double the legal drink-drive limit.

Roman Rozinski, aged 30, of Bennett Street, Buxton, pleaded guilty to drink-driving when he appeared in court on 
Monday.

High Peak Magistrates’ Court heard that at 8.30pm on Christmas Day, Rozinski crashed his Vauxhall Corsa into a parked car on Heath Grove, in Buxton, causing the other vehicle to smash into a tree.

A woman living nearby heard a “massive bang” while inside her property and went out to investigate with her partner, the court heard.

Reading the statement the woman gave to police, John Cooper, prosecuting, said: “I went up to the door of the Corsa and knocked on the window. [Rozinski] was sitting in the driving seat of the 
vehicle.

“I asked him if he had been drinking and he said ‘no’.”

The court heard that the woman’s partner pulled Rozinski’s car off the road so traffic could pass.

At approximately 9pm that night, PC Dobson was called to attend a collision on Heath Grove and noticed two damaged vehicles.

The officer did checks on the two vehicles and traced the address of Rozinski, the court heard.

PC Dobson visited Rozinski’s home address, but was told he was not in, the court heard, so he went back to the scene of the crash.

Mr Cooper said: “There [PC Dobson] saw a man in the playground area on his phone.

“When police tried to speak to him, the man started to walk away.”

The court heard that once police had spoken to Rozinski, he admitted drinking two whiskies in the two hours prior to the incident – but Rozinski initially claimed he had not driven the vehicle.

The court heard that Rozinski had 74mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath. The legal limit is 35mg.

Lisa Tinsley, defending, said Rozinski had lived in England for the last ten years and had been employed for the entire time.

Ms Tinsley said: “The reason he had a drink is because him and his wife are going through some difficulties.

“His wife is questioning whether she wants to come back to England with [their] children.”

Magistrates banned Rozinski from driving for 19 months, but gave him the option to attend a drink-drivers’ course to reduce his ban by five 
months.

Rozinski was also fined a total of £415, which he will pay back at £20 per week.