“The court has no doubts about the guilt of the defendant,” said judge Vlasta Langhammerová. “The defendant got into her vehicle – she was an experienced driver, she had been driving for 20 years – and the court has no doubt at all that she knew very well what she was doing,” the judge continued.
“Like any young child in this country, the defendant must have been made very clear that she must not get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol,” she added.
The court also projects into the sentence that not only the defendant, but everyone in this country should be aware that driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol is completely unacceptable!
“She then sped down the road at an absolutely uncontrollable speed. That drive was completely spontaneous and by sheer chance and coincidence that she was able to cover a distance of at least one and a half kilometers at a speed of 191 to 241 kilometers per hour,” continued the judge. At the same time, she swept off the table the defense proposals to find out exactly how much and to what extent Rudović endangered other cars.
Langhammer also pointed out that speculating about whether the police officer was properly handcuffed, whether and how he was moving or sitting in the car, as Rudović and her defense attorney initially tried, is complete nonsense.
Judge: 8 years is not enough
The judge also reminded that Rudović demolished the police car with her car in such a way that she moved the rear wheels forward by more than half a meter. According to experts, Rudović crashed into the police car at a speed of 199 kilometers per hour.
According to the judge, the prosecutor’s proposal to punish Rudović with eight years in prison was disproportionately lenient. According to her, only one mitigating circumstance speaks for the defendant, namely her previous integrity. All others were negative towards Rudović, such as the total absence of self-reflection.
“The court also projects into the sentence that not only the defendant, but everyone in this country should be aware that driving a vehicle under the influence of alcohol is completely unacceptable!” concluded the judge’s justification of the verdict.
The court opened an accident involving a drunk driver in which a police officer died
Last year in July, Rudović got into a car with more than two per million of alcohol in her blood, and despite the fact that she hit the mirror of a parked car right at the end of the drive from Vyšehrad to Pankrác, she continued her journey through Prague. Her speed in places exceeded 240 km/h and according to the indictment, she was unable to keep the car in her lane.
Alcohol and cocaine
According to the public prosecutor, she was speeding at a speed of at least one hundred and ninety kilometers on the busy 5. května street, in the section where the maximum speed limit is 80 km/h. While crossing from the left to the middle lane, Rudović rammed into the back of a police car in which a three-member crew was sitting. She threw the car into the barriers. A 31-year-old police officer from the Moravian-Silesian region, who was helping his colleagues in Prague, died on the spot.
Rudović did not deny her drunken driving, but claimed that she does not remember most of it. Before getting behind the wheel, she allegedly drank three bottles of wine and a bottle of vodka after arguing with her husband, who allegedly flirted with another woman at the Smíchov swimming pool, where they spent the afternoon. Experts also found traces of cocaine on her.
The case was initially heard by the District Court for Prague 4, but it came to the opinion that it might not be “only” a case of manslaughter due to negligence, but possibly also a general threat. The change in legal qualification was subsequently accepted by the Prague High Court and the case was referred to the municipal court, which heard the case from the beginning.
I drank a bottle of wine and shots of vodka. The driver confessed to the accident, which the policeman did not survive
Prosecutor Petr Boš proposed an eight-year prison sentence for Rudović on Monday, i.e. a sentence at the very bottom of the statutory criminal rate for public endangerment.
“She was undoubtedly under the influence of alcohol. She was speeding down a relatively empty road at a speed limit of 80 kilometers per hour. We know that the 5th of May street can look significantly fuller. The consequences could have been worse,” Boš pointed out on Monday. “She managed the ride in her own way. Either she is a really good driver, or she is a person used to a significantly higher level of alcohol than she states,” he added.
The prosecutor wants more than eight years in prison for a woman who killed a police officer in an accident
The family of the deceased and the injured police demanded less than three million crowns from the woman, she has already paid them part of the money. The deceased police officer was promoted to warrant officer in memoriam.