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Drink-drive road sweeper jailed after causing two crashes in North Yorkshire

The road sweeper on its side following the second collision Credit: North Yorkshire Police

A man has been jailed and banned from the road after causing two crashes and overturning the seven and a half tonne road sweeper he was driving.

Ariel Babiarz of Maudsley Street in Lancashire appeared at Bradford Crown Court where he pleaded guilty to drink driving and dangerous driving.

He was on the B6490 in High Bentham in North Yorkshire when he was in collision with a red Volkswagon Lupo on Saturday March 2019 causing it to roll on it side. The female driver needed hospital treatment for fractured ribs.

The Lupo following the first collision Credit: North Yorkshire Police

Babiarz initially stopped at the scene but then drove away before police arrived.

A short time later he was involved in another collision. This time, the road sweeper was tipped onto its side and Babiarz himself was injured, suffering a fractured ankle, ribs and vertebra.

Front damage to the road sweeper Credit: North Yorkshire Police

Speaking about the sentence handed to Babiarz, investigating officer Traffic Constable Andy Ingram said:

“This is a case I will never forget. With the size and weight of the vehicle that Babiarz was driving, it’s only by sheer miracle that a life was not lost that day.

“To drink drive and be involved in one collision and then carry on – onto a major road – and cause other vehicles to take evasive action and swerve out of the way, just shows a total disregard for other people’s safety.

This case also highlights that to drink drive; it’s not a case of just having a drink and getting straight behind the wheel. The effects of alcohol can be felt in your driving ability and the speed of your reaction times for a long time after consuming it.

Always ensure you are safe to drive and don’t assume that because you had a drink the night before, you are safe to drive the next morning. Ensure you have given it enough time for the alcohol to leave your system before getting behind the wheel, or you to could soon find yourself in court.”

Babiarz has been sentenced to nine months imprisonment and banned from the roads for three years and 18 weeks.