Ipswich: Man accused of drink-driving over Christmas Day collision

IPSWICH/FOXHALL: A 34-year-old man is to appear in court next month charged with drink-driving after another man went through a car windscreen on Christmas Day.

Daniel Petrescu, of Surrey Road, Ipswich, is to make his first appearance on the allegation before the town’s South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court on March 14.

He was charged after answering bail on Friday.

Petrescu is currently on police bail until his court appearance.

The single-vehicle accident took place in Foxhall Road, near the Nuffield Hospital and Foxhall Stadium.

A Ford Maverick collided with a tree, leaving the three people who were in the vehicle needing hospital treatment.

Petrescu was questioned about the incident, before being released on bail pending further enquiries.

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Police said a 32-year-old male front seat passenger, also from Ipswich, was injured when he went through the windscreen. At one stage his condition was reported to be life-threatening.

However, police said after he received treatment at Ipswich Hospital his condition improved.

A female back-seat passenger was also taken to hospital after the crash, which occurred near a sharp bend. At the time police said she was not thought to have been seriously injured.

The accident occurred just after 9.15pm on Christmas Day.

The road was closed for several hours while police recovered the Ford Maverick.

In January, Suffolk Constabulary released its figures relating to its anti drink-drive crackdown which took place between December 1 and 31.

The force said it carried out 1,638 tests during the campaign. These led to the arrests of 111 people (6.8 per cent of those tested) on suspicion of drink-driving.

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