Serving Bury policeman admits drinking ‘six pints’ before fatal road crash – but denies careless driving

By Dean Wilkins

A serving Bury policeman had six pints and was double the drink-drive limit when his female passenger was killed in a Manchester road crash last December, a court heard today.

Brendan Buggie, 39, of Ramsbottom, was not on duty at the time but had been drinking in pubs, and was joined by his Polish girlfriend Justyna Stanczak, before he crashed his Toyota Celica into a van during treacherous icy conditions.

Miss Stanczak, 26, died from severe internal bleeding after Buggie gave her a lift home in the early hours of December 5 – the defendant denies causing death by careless driving when over the limit.

Prosecuting lawyer Nicholas Williams told the court: “The defendant was drinking since mid-afternoon on December 5.

“By his own admission, he told police he had consumed six pints of beer.

“And while entering a left-hand bend he lost control of his vehicle, which span and slid across the carriageway.

“When his car came to a halt, the defendant was uninjured but Miss Stanczak was unconscious. Miss Stanczak was to suffer serious injuries as a result of the collision which were later to prove fatal.”

Emergency services attended the scene and pulled Miss Stanczak out of the vehicle but could not save her life – she died a few hours later in hospital.

Mr Williams added: “The prosecution say he was driving carelessly that night, no doubt because he’d been drinking.”

Buggie admits to being over the drink-drive limit but denies that his driving was reckless after drinking six pints.

He claimed he was driving at the 40mph speed limit and his trial continues tomorrow.

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