A DRINK-driver in a 7.5-ton road sweeper caused two crashes in 15 minutes.
Ariel Babiarz, 29, first lost control as he headed back to his yard along a narrow road.
Ariel Babiarz has been jailed for causing two crashes in a road sweeper while drunk[/caption]
After crashing into a red Volkswagen, Babiarz left the scene knowing that the sweeper had dodgy brakes – he then caused two more cars to swerve into ditches[/caption]
Babiarz, who had drunk a litre of rum the night before, hit a red Volkswagen Lupo — flipping it over on the B6480 in High Bentham, North Yorks.
The woman driving it needed hospital treatment for fractured ribs.
Babiarz ignored pleas to stay at the scene and headed off in the battered street cleaner — which he knew had dodgy brakes — before cops arrived.
A court heard two more drivers swerved into ditches to avoid Babiarz before he overturned on the busy A65 near Clapham, blocking the road.
He was treated for a broken ankle, ribs and vertebra in hospital where a blood alcohol test showed 146mg per 100ml. The legal maximum is 80mg.
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Traffic PC Andy Ingram said: “With the size and weight of the vehicle, it’s a sheer miracle a life was not lost.”
Babiarz, who had no previous convictions, had previously admitted drink driving and dangerous driving.
He was jailed for nine months and banned from driving for three years, 18 weeks at Bradford crown court.
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