Drink-driver halted 'when car burst into flames', King's Lynn court told
A Lynn drink-driver, who was almost three times over the limit, was stopped in his tracks by the Jaguar car bursting into flames.
It happened as Marek Peczkowski drove through Rougham at 9.20pm on October 24.
A fire and rescue team dealing with the blaze called police who found the 40-year-old driver to be well over the limit.
At Lynn Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, Peczkowski pleaded guilty to drink-driving on the B1145.
The bench was told that the burnt-out car was unidentifiable and he couldn’t remember the registration number at the scene.
He told police the Jaguar had started to smoke as he was driving, he’d stopped and flames began.
Prosecutor Anna Crayford said: “The defendant said he’d [since] been given a drink by a male he couldn’t name but then, in interview, admitted he’d been drinking before the incident.”
A roadside test gave an indicative reading of 129 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath – more than three-and-a-half times the limit of 35. However, his evidential reading in custody was 99.
Peczkowski said in interview that it was his brother’s car and he’d lied about someone else giving him drink because he knew he was over the limit.
George Sorrell, mitigating, said his client’s “prevarication” with the police was indicative of someone under the influence of alcohol.
“The important thing is he’s come to court today to tell the truth,” he added.
“This happened in Rougham, of all places. They don’t expect this sort of thing to happen there – a Jaguar passing through catching fire and the police attending and this man being arrested.”
Mr Sorrell said Peczkowski was a man of previous good character with a good job and was “very much ashamed of himself”.
The defendant, of Wootton Road, Lynn was banned from driving for two years, which can be cut with completion of a drink-driver rehabilitation course.
He was also fined £615 and told to pay £105 costs plus a £61 victim surcharge.