Policeman arrests ‘drunkest driver he’s even seen’ after fatal crash

The court heard how Waite didn’t stop after hitting Ms Hawes and her friend, but instead continued along the A149 for another mile.

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

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

PC Callum Walchester, who attempted to get Waite to provide a sample, said: “I’ve been a PC for 10 years and worked in roads policing for almost six years, and he was the drunkest person I have 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 give a breath sample, he was arrested and taken to the James Paget Hospital in Gorleston.

While in custody at Great Yarmouth Police Investigation Centre, approximately four hours after driving into Ms Hawes and the teenage girl, he was recorded as having 120 micrograms of alcohol in his breath.

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

During police interviews, he answered every question: “no comment”.

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