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Driver was three times over limit when he crashed into police car in Chatteris

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A drink driver was more than three times over the limit when he crashed into the back a police car in Chatteris.

Two police officers had parked their car in High Street at 7.30pm on December 13 and whilst they were out of it speaking to a member of the public, they heard a loud crash.

Gundaz, of North Station Close, Ramsey, was arrested on suspicion of drink driving and gave a further evidential reading of 111 microgrammes at the police station. Damage shown to his own car

They turned round to see the driver of a silver Vauxhall Corsa had crashed into the back of their police car.

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Police asked the driver to provide a roadside breath test and in doing so, Firat Gundaz, 36, provided a reading of 120 microgrammes of alcohol in 100ml of breath – more than three times the legal limit of 35 microgrammes.

Gundaz, of North Station Close, Ramsey, was arrested on suspicion of drink driving and gave a further evidential reading of 111 microgrammes at the police station.

He was subsequently charged and appeared at Huntingdon Magistrates’ Court on Thursday (5 January) where he was given a 12-month community order.

He was ordered to complete 120 hours of unpaid work and was also disqualified from driving for a total of two years and two months.

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PC Scott Clarke, who investigated, said: “It is only by chance that the officers weren’t in the car at the time of this collision on the high street of a busy market town, and what happened was not much worse.

“When Gundaz got behind the wheel after drinking he decided to not only put his own life at risk but the lives of others.

Police officers turned round to see the driver of a silver Vauxhall Corsa had crashed into the back of their police car.

“This case should serve as a reminder of the consequences of drink driving and highlights our commitment to taking those who drive under the influence off the county’s roads.

“The collision Gundaz caused is an example of how things can spiral out of control when you think you are safe to drive. Trust us when we say drink driving is not worth the risk.”

Gundaz was just one of 83 suspected drink and drug drivers arrested across the county last month compared to 69 in December 2021 – a 20 per cent increase.

In 2022 there were 812 drink and drug driving related arrests, compared to 771 arrests in 2021 – a five per cent rise.

 

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