Banned driver given jail term after crash

THE scene of the crash in Norman Road, St Leonards. Swedrowski was trapped in his Mercedes Sprinter van before paramedics were called. On Monday, February 7, he was jailed for 24 weeks by magistrates.
THE scene of the crash in Norman Road, St Leonards. Swedrowski was trapped in his Mercedes Sprinter van before paramedics were called. On Monday, February 7, he was jailed for 24 weeks by magistrates.
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A BANNED motorist has been jailed after crashing his van into a parked car in St Leonards.

Miroslaw Swedrowski, 35, of Bohemia Road, collided with the silver Mercedes at around 11.15pm on Friday, February 4, in Norman Road.

His white van then spun 180 degrees, mounted the pavement and careered into a shop front.

Police said last week that it was lucky no pedestrians were injured during the crash.

Swedrowski was trapped in his Mercedes Sprinter van following the collision and paramedics were called.

But as they tried to treat him he became abusive. Police said he was unfit to drive as he had been drinking.

Officers arrested Swedrowski but he tried to fight with them and had to be restrained.

The road was closed to traffic for half an hour because of the crash.

Swedrowski was taken to Hastings Police Station and he refused to provide a breathalyzer test to see if he was over the legal drink-drive limit.

Police discovered he was already banned from the wheel following a court appearance at Christmas when he was convicted of driving when drunk.

After being interviewed by police, Swedrowski was charged with failing to provide a breath test, driving without any insurance, driving while disqualified and driving without a valid licence.

He appeared before Hastings magistrates on Monday after spending the weekend in police custody.

The 35-year-old pleaded guilty to all four charges and magistrates jailed him for 24 weeks.

He was also banned from driving for a further four years.