Man Caught Driving Recklessly Under the Influence of Alcohol on A1 near Peterborough

A man from Greenhithe was caught driving under the influence of alcohol by police on the A1 near Peterborough. The 55-year-old, identified as Housam Hashim, was driving a Mercedes CLK200 in a reckless manner, swerving between lanes, driving on the central reservation and grass verge, and tailgating other drivers. His erratic driving was reported by another driver who had to overtake him to avoid a potential accident. Police were alerted and waited for Hashim at the Haddon Services flyover near Peterborough. When they pulled him over, they found a half-empty bottle of wine in the passenger footwell. Hashim was asked to step out of his car but needed assistance as he was unable to stand properly due to his high level of intoxication. A breathalyzer test showed he was three times over the legal limit, with a reading of 125 micrograms per 100 milliliters of breath. He was later taken into custody but refused to provide a blood sample for further analysis.

In court, on February 7, Hashim pleaded guilty to failing to provide a specimen of blood for analysis. He was subsequently banned from driving for two years and eight months and ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work. PC Dougie McColm, who was involved in the arrest, expressed concern for the safety of other road users, stating that it was a miracle no serious accident occurred due to Hashim’s reckless driving. He also urged anyone who witnesses similar dangerous driving to report it to the authorities, as it could save lives. As a local journalist, it is important to raise awareness about the dangers of driving under the influence and encourage responsible behavior on the roads.

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