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Drunk police kill again

TWO PEOPLE have died in another accident caused by a drunk-driving Slovak policeman. Michal Šamaj, 22, a border guard with the Brodsky division in western Slovakia, skidded off the road in Malacky town at 01:30 on May 20, hitting a pole and killing his two passengers, one of whom was his father. Police estimate the car was travelling 190 kilometres per hour in the small town.

While Šamaj at first refused a breath test, on being taken to hospital his blood was found to contain 1.72 parts per thousand alcohol. He has been charged with causing bodily harm while under the influence, and faces six months to five years in jail if convicted.

On the next day another drunk policeman, Miroslav Kme?, 47, of the Banská Bystrica force, wrecked his car in an accident that caused no injuries. He was found to have 3.11 parts per thousand of alcohol in his blood stream, and will be dismissed from the force, senior officers said.

The accidents are the eleventh and twelfth this year involving drunk-driving police. The victim toll so far is six dead and four injured.

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