28th January 2021

Two drivers from Taunton among drivers charged in Christmas drink and drug driving crackdown

Two drivers from Taunton are among the drivers Avon and Somerset Police have charged in the first week of their Christmas drink and drug driving crackdown.

Avon and Somerset Police launched their annual Christmas drink and drug driving campaign last Thursday (1 December) and they received an overwhelming response from the public in its first week.

136 calls were made with concerns about people who may be drink driving which saw 13 people arrested.

Avon and Somerset Police arrested 26 people and charged 23 with drink and drug driving offences between 1 – 6 December.

To deter as many drivers as possible from getting behind the wheel, Avon and Somerset Police are naming those charged.

Avon and Somerset Police have named the drivers charged so far:

Karol Kalwaszwski, 24, of Taunton

Daruiz Kaminski, 45, of Bath

Jamie Forse, 29 of Yate, South Glos

Tamas Baranyi, 30, of Downend, South Glos

Damian Wojciechowski, 32, of Taunton

Alexander White, 23, of Frome

Josef Sandor, 53, of Little Stoke, Bristol

Callum Pryer, 26, of Whitehall, Bristol

Colin Snowden, 54, of Yeovil

Zeljko Jaksic, 48, of Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol

Yulian Gerasimov, 33, of Weston Super Mare

Malcolm Turner, 84, of Saltford, Bath

Roy Milton, 64, of Ilchester

Paul Pritchard, 43, of Bradley Stoke

Head of Road Safety at Avon and Somerset police, Chief Inspector Kevan Rowlands said:

“Our message is very simple; if you get behind the wheel under the influence of drink or drugs, you are risking your life and the lives of those around you.

Each year we are disappointed to see the number of people who are still willing to take that risk. Even one driver caught driving under the influence of drink or drugs is one too many.

Our aim is to work with our partners to educate people about the dangers and consequences of drink and drug driving and to send out a strong message that to do so is morally and socially unacceptable.

It is not just us who can help make a difference. We are asking the public to help by calling 999 if they see someone who they believe is driving while over the limit, or providing information by texting us on 81819 starting the text with the word ‘Drunk’”.

If you suspect someone is drink driving, call police immediately on 999. If you suspect someone might be about to get behind the wheel after drinking or taking drugs, you can text the word ‘DRUNK’ to 81819 starting the text with the word ‘Drunk’