Police officer arrests ‘most drunken driver he’s ever seen’ after fatal crash

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The court heard how Waite did not stop after hitting Mrs Hawes and her friend, but instead continued along the A149 for another mile.

He stopped only after colliding with a sign, trees and bushes on the edge of the road.

When officers arrived at the scene of the second collision, they found Waite, reeking of alcohol, sitting in the driver’s seat with a half-drunk bottle of vodka in the car.

PC Callum Walchester, who tried to get Waite to give a test, said: “I’ve been a PC for 10 years and worked with the traffic police for almost six years and he was the most intoxicated person I’ve ever seen behind the wheel of a car.”

In the footage, he is seen slurring his words and asking the police officers if they swore at him.

After failing to provide a breath test, he was arrested and taken to James Paget Hospital in Gorleston.

While in custody at Great Yarmouth Police Investigation Centre, around four hours after driving into Mrs Hawes and the teenage girl, he was recorded with 120 microgrammes of alcohol in his breath.

Officers calculated that this would have been approximately 158 micrograms if taken at the roadside after the accident. The legal limit is 35 micrograms per 100 milliliters.

During police interviews, he answered all questions: “no comment”.

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