Drunk motorist jailed for careering into bus at 84mph

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Drunk motorist jailed for careering into bus at 84mph

Adrian Duchniak, 31, has been jailed after a court heard how he drove on the wrong side of the road, over the legal drink-drive limit and at almost twice the speed limit before smashing into an oncoming bus.

The cage fighter had been drinking since the day before the accident that saw the Arriva bus driver, June Place, thrown from her vehicle resulting in five fractured ribs, a fractured right shoulder, a broken right leg and fractured bones in her right wrist.

Leeds Crown Court heard how Duchniak was drinking and speeding around his hometown of Wakefield, west Yorkshire on November 9 last year after receiving the news that his upcoming cage fighting match had been cancelled.

Duchniak and his passengers reached speeds of 84mph in the Volkswagen Golf before it swung into oncoming traffic and ploughed into a bus that was travelling in the opposite direction.

Some passengers on the bus also sustained injury and the damage to the vehicle was estimated to be in the region of £54,000.

Sentencing Duchniak, Judge Spencer said: "The head on collision was inevitable, the injuries to the driver and to your passengers were inevitable.

"The collision was dreadful, the injuries sustained by those people, your passengers and the driver of the bus were horrific."

Duchniak admitted charges of drink-driving, dangerous driving and causing grievous bodily harm and was jailed for three years and four months as well as receiving a five-year driving ban.

Chris Swistak, defending, said his client "is thoroughly ashamed of what happened".