Drink driver reached 90 mph on John Adams Way during police chase in Boston

Court news.
Court news.

A drink driver who reached speeds of 90 mph during a police chase through Boston was jailed for nine months and banned from driving for two years.

Piotr Szwochert, who had more the double the legal limit of alcohol in his sytem, attracted attention after he reversed into another car on London Road, Boston.

Phil Howes, prosecuting, told Lincoln Crown Court on Friday that police were informed of the collision and within 10 minutes officers in a patrol car spotted Szwochert.

Szwochert ignored a request to stop and instead drove away at 70 mph in a 30 mph limit.

Mr Howes said that Szwochert’s Vauxhall Vectra car bounced on the tracks as it cross the railway line and at one point narrowly missed a cyclist coming in the opposite direction.

He continued on to John Adams Way reaching 80 mph and eventually 90 before losing control and colliding with railings sending debris flying into the air.

He was taken to Boston Police Station where a breath test revealed a reading of 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.