Smiling drink-driver involved in two crashes

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A Whalley man who heard a crash outside his home rushed out to see the man who had just driven into his car smile at him, rev his engine and drive away.

But the smile was wiped off the drink-driver’s face when a short time later he crashed into a lamp post in Sabden and the police arrived to arrest him.

Blackburn magistrates heard Grzegorz Kosow gave a police station breath sample which was more than three times the legal drink-drive limit and then refused to give a second sample and became abusive.

Kosow (37), of Brownlow Street, Blackburn, admitted failing to stop after an accident, failing to provide a specimen and driving without insurance. He was remanded on bail for the preparation of a pre-sentence report.

Mr Scott Ainge (prosecuting) said David Saunders was inside his home in Dale View, Whalley, when he heard a crash outside. He looked out and saw a car had collided with his parked vehicle and ran outside to try to stop the driver. “The defendant revved his engine and drove off, smiling at Mr Saunders as he did so,” said Mr Ainge.

Shortly afterwards, police were called to Padiham Road, Sabden, close to the White Hart Inn, where a car had collided with a lamp post. A number of people were at the scene and Kosow, who was leaning against a wall, was identified as the driver.

Mr Ainge said Kosow was arrested and, after refusing to take a second breath test, became aggressive and abusive.

“He was interviewed when he had sobered up and admitted driving off after colliding with the parked car as he was drunk and uninsured.

Mrs Helen Farnsworth (defending) said Kosow had made a bad decision to go out drinking to celebrate his birthday and then drive home.

“He is very upset and very ashamed of what he has done,” said Mrs Farnsworth.