A drunk driver who killed a policeman in a car accident was sentenced to 13 years in prison by the court

The court imposed 13 years in prison on the driver Jitka Rudovičová, who, while drunk, swept away a police car on the Prague highway, killing one of the policemen and injuring two others. At the same time, he prohibited her from driving motor vehicles for the maximum possible period of time – i.e. for ten years. Wednesday’s verdict, which found the woman guilty of public endangerment, is not final.

“She was an experienced driver. She was very aware of what she was doing when she got into the vehicle. Every small child knows that one must not get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol,” Vlasta Langhmaerová, president of the Senate of the Prague Municipal Court, said to the forty-one-year-old Rudovičová.

The driver faced eight to 15 years behind bars. The public prosecutor proposed for her a sentence at the lower limit of this rate and an eight-year driving ban.

On the evening of July 5, 2020, Rudovičová got behind the wheel of her Mercedes after getting drunk after an argument with her husband. First, in Vyšehrad, she drove onto the sidewalk and crashed into one of the parked cars. She then took to the street on May 5 and endangered a total of 18 people in 12 cars at a speed of 190 to 241 kilometers per hour. She zigzagged, slowing down and speeding up for no reason, driving in two lanes at the same time most of the time and passing other cars, including a car with three children.

In the end, Rudovičová crashed into the service car of the Moravian-Silesian police who were returning home from the capital. According to the verdict, she was driving at a speed of 199 kilometers per hour at the time of the collision, in a section where the speed limit was 80 km/h.

A thirty-one-year-old policeman who was sitting in the back seat died in the collision. Two other crew members – a man and a woman – ended up in hospital. “The police vehicle was driving perfectly according to regulations. It had absolutely no chance to do anything else to prevent that situation,” the judge said. She called the defense’s speculation that the police officer was lying in the back seat or was not wearing a seatbelt complete nonsense.

Rudovičová breathed over two per thousand after the accident. According to experts, there were also traces of cocaine in her body. She stated in court that she does not remember most of what happened.

The article is in Czech

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