Drink-driving police officer kills cyclist

A DRUNKEN police officer killed a 15-year-old cyclist in a tragic accident near a southern Slovak town of Lovinobaňa. The off-duty police officer, 31-year-old Marian D., was shown to have a blood alcohol level of 1.85 when he was breathalysed.

The victim, Silvia, whose last name has been withheld by the police, was returning from a disco with her friends on May 9 when the policeman's car hit her after his vehicle unexpectedly swerved into the wrong lane.

Interior Minister Vladimír Palko said he would not tolerate any alcohol in the police and pledged to introduce regular and random breath tests on officers and strengthen penalties for those caught drunk at work or causing car accidents under the influence of alcohol even when off duty.

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