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Watch: Drunk driver from Altrincham jailed after crash left passenger with devastating injuries

By David Prior at

A drunk driver from Altrincham man has been jailed after after ploughing his BMW into a bus stop and lamppost, leaving his passenger with devastating injuries.

Mariusz Florczak, 34, of Ashley Road, has been jailed after pleading guilty to drink driving and causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

The incident happened in the Ardwick area on the morning of Saturday 19th January earlier this year.

The court was shown shocking footage of an intoxicated Florczak travelling at over twice the speed limit in his black BMW 335i before colliding with a bus stop on Stockport Road.

Shockingly, the car continued along the pavement at speed until it hit a lamppost, when emergency services discovered a 38-year-old woman unconscious in the back seat.

When assessed by medical staff, the full extent of her injuries were revealed to be a spinal fracture, fractured pelvis, multiple broken ribs, a bleed to her spleen, injury to her liver, blunt abdominal trauma and a collapsed lung.

Mariusz Florczak has been jailed for two years

She may never fully recover from her injuries and uses a walking aid to get around.

Unable to deny he was the driver, Florczak told officers a car had come out of a side street and collided with him but CCTV soon proved his lie.

Today, he has been jailed for two years and on release will face a five-year disqualification from driving.

A still from the CCTV footage showing the BMW colliding with the bus stop

Police Constable Seamus Toal, of GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “If you ever even think about getting behind the wheel after you’ve had a drink, no matter how much, please remember this footage.

“For the next two years, Florczak will have plenty of time to think about what he’s done and the pain and suffering he caused his passenger but for her, every time she puts one foot in front of the other, every time she tries to move, she’ll be reminded of his foolish and quite frankly selfish actions that morning.

“I have no doubt that had he not collided with the bus stop and lamppost, he could have killed someone and it is only luck that has saved innocent members of the public.

“There really is nothing more to say other than: remember, none for the road.”