The worst drunk drivers who ruined and destroyed lives in Cambridgeshire

Cambridgeshire has the second-highest number of drink drivers in the country, new data analysis suggests. Latest figures show that 36.6 per cent of breathalyser tests in Cambridgeshire resulted in a positive or refused outcome. Cambridgeshire sits just below West Yorkshire, which counted the highest number, while Avon and Somerset are in third place.

Humberside had the lowest number, with 7.5 per cent of breathalyser tests resulting in positive or refused outcomes. The data analysis conducted by Moneybam uses official government figures for the year 2018-19. In light of this shocking statistics, we’ve taken a look at some of the worst drink driving cases that Cambridgeshire has seen over the last year.

Killer drivers and a man who caused GBP15,000 worth of damage to a bungalow – all feature on this shameful list.

Drink driver killed a mum-of-two

Adam White, 38, was sentenced to 9 years in prison

A Cambridgeshire man was sentenced to nine years in prison after his drink driving killed a mum of two. Adam White, 38, of Acacia Avenue, Spalding, crashed his Vauxhall Vivaro van on the A16 into two other cars, killing Katy Cunningham, 46 in the process. Ms Cunningham’s two children, who were trapped in the back of the car, were left with life-changing injuries.

White failed a breathalyser test with 88mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood. He was also banned from driving for 10 years, starting from when his nine-year prison sentence ends.

Bakery delivery man downed five beers before work

A Peterborough man who downed five beers before driving to deliver bakery goods was jailed in October 2019 for driving under the influence. Pawel Krupa, 43, of Blyth Road, Hayes, blew 79 micrograms of alcohol in 100ml of breath – more than double the legal limit of 35 micrograms.

Police tested the driver after he got his van stuck in the mud. He was jailed for eight weeks and disqualified from driving for three years at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court.

Crash in Peterborough leaves children as orphans

The worst drunk drivers who ruined and destroyed lives in CambridgeshireWhitmore’s mugshot after he was arrested and charged by police

Jana Kockova, 21, Marko Makula, 22, and Tomas Kocko, 19, all suffered fatal injuries after their car was involved in a head-on collision with a drunk driver. The driver in question, Tommy Whitmore, 26, of Pinchbeck, Lincolnshire, was intoxicated when the crash happened.

He pleaded guilty to death by dangerous driving and was sentenced to eight years and four months in prison.

Key facts about drink driving

Any amount of alcohol in your body can affect your ability to drive safely. Drink driving poses a huge risk to your life and others on the roads. Alcohol should be avoided completely if you are planning on driving.

What is the law? The legal limit of alcohol that can be in your body while driving is 35mg per 100ml of breath. A breathalyser is normally used to measure the amount of alcohol in your body.

If you refuse a breath test and are suspected to be under the influence, you can still be charged by the police. What will police do? Not only can drink driving cause fatalities, it can also have serious criminal consequences.

If caught, you could have a criminal record and face up to six months in prison. You could also be banned from driving for at least 12 months and fined up to GBP5,000. Reporting drink drivers

Cambridgeshire Police have a dedicated hotline to report suspected drink drivers – 0800 032 0845. The number is in operation 24/7 and you should report as many details as possible, including a description of the driver and vehicle. If you believe a crime is taking place or someone is in immediate danger, you should call 999.

Busted at a McDonald’s drive-thru with a beer bottle between his legs

A Peterborough resident was ordered to pay a GBP184 fine and banned for driving for 14 months after failing a breathalyser test.

Steve Winters, 40, from Paston Ridings, was caught by police after ordering at McDonald’s drive-thru with a beer between their legs. The driver later gave a breathalyser reading of 50 micrograms in 100ml of breath – the legal limit is 35mgs. The driving ban can be reduced if the driver completes a drink driver rehabilitation course before September 24, 2020.

Wisbech ‘drink driver’ was ‘lucky to be alive’ after horror crash

The worst drunk drivers who ruined and destroyed lives in CambridgeshireThe scene after the Wisbech incident

A driver in Wisbech collided with a parked HGV on the road, causing a huge amount of damage.

Police breathalysed the driver, who blew 115mgs per 100ml of breath – more than three times the legal limit. The driver was “lucky to be alive“, police said and was transferred to hospital for treatment.

Newmarket man drove at 90mph before crashing

A man was sentenced to 14 weeks in prison, suspended for 24 months, after an incident of dangerous driving in Newmarket. He sped through Newmarket at speeds of up to 90mph as police pursued him.

Stephen Clancy, 42, of Edinburgh Road in Newmarket, was convicted at Ipswich Magistrates Court on February 28, 2020. He was charged with failing to stop, dangerous driving and drink driving – to which he pleaded guilty.

Cambridgeshire bungalow smashed by drink driver

The worst drunk drivers who ruined and destroyed lives in CambridgeshireGigel Matei smashed his car into a bungalow in Cambridge

A drunk driver caused GBP15,000 worth of damage after he crashed into a bungalow in March, Cambridge. Gigel Matei, 32, Turpyn Court, Cambridge, had no license or insurance before failing a breath test – he was three times over the legal limit.

At Cambridge Crown Court on January 3, 2020, he was sentenced to 14 months in prison and banned from driving for 41 months.

He will also need to sit an extended retest.

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