A SENIOR police officer from the Slovak-Poland border police department of Suchá Hora became the 32nd Slovak policeman to cause an accident while drunk this year.
Turning off the main road from Trstená to Tvrdošín in the Žilina region on Saturday November 16, the off-duty police officer failed to yield right of way to another car coming in the opposite direction. The cars collided head-on, causing damage estimated at Sk200,000 ($4,800).
The police officer, who broke his pelvic bone, had a blood-alcohol reading of 2.36 parts per thousand. His 11-year-old son and wife were also injured in the accident. The other driver suffered chest and knee injuries and was found to be sober.
Accidents involving drunk police officers have resulted in six fatalities this year, and more than 170 officers have been found intoxicated while on duty.