Thorney drink driver Djiferson Monteiro who caused a head-on crash on New Year’s Day 2023, was more than three times over the limit, a court heard. Monteiro, 35, was driving a Ford Fiesta in Boongate, Peterborough, when he drifted into the path of an oncoming car.
Dashcam footage showed Monteiro drifting to the other side of the road, narrowly missing one vehicle, before crossing completely over into the other lane.
The driver of a Volkswagen Golf tried to avoid him by swerving onto the grass verge but was hit head-on and suffered a broken hand and wrist.
An on-duty police officer who was a few cars behind the collision went to the drivers’ aid, before calling for support.
Monteiro underwent a roadside breath test where he gave a reading of 109, more than three times the legal limit of 35, despite telling officers that he had only had one beer earlier that day.
Checks on the car found he was not named on the insurance, which he claimed he was not aware of.
He was arrested before being taken to Peterborough City Hospital as a precaution.
Once fit to do so, Monteiro was required to provide an evidential blood sample to check his alcohol levels, which he refused, resulting in him being charged with failing to provide a specimen for analysis.
Monteiro, of Deer Park Way, Thorney, appeared at Cambridge Crown Court on Thursday (18 January) where he was sentenced to eight months in prison, suspended for 18 months, after previously pleading guilty to failing to provide a specimen of blood for analysis, dangerous driving and driving without insurance.
He has also been disqualified from driving for two years and required to retake a test, as well as completing a 20-day Rehabilitation Activity Requirement (RAR) and 120 hours of unpaid work.
PC Guy Cunningham, who investigated, said: “Drink driving is a serious issue that the force is continuing to tackle in order to make the roads a safer place.
“Getting behind the wheel after you’ve had a couple of drinks is selfish, putting not only yourself but other road users at risk. It is not worth the risk, please arrange alternative transport if you consume alcohol.”
The force operates a confidential, hotline to report drink or drug driving – 0800 032 0845.
It is available 24/7 and gives people the chance to supply the police with information to help reduce the number of drink or drug drivers on the county’s roads.
Thorney drink driver Djiferson Monteiro has escaped jail but given a suspended sentence for causing this crash in Peterborough on New Year’s Day 2023.