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Policeman guilty of traffic accident in Mari El dismissed

October 13, 2012, 13:48 UTC+3

It was the policeman's fault. The medical test showed he had signs of alcohol intoxication

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MOSCOW, October 13 (Itar-Tass) —— The policeman who was driving a car in a drunken state when stricking a pedestrian in the city of Volzhsk, Mari El, is dismissed from the police service, the Interior Ministry's press service told Itar-Tass.

The policeman driving a VAZ 2112 struck a man at an uncontrolled pedestrian crossing. The man with a leg fracture was taken to hospital.

It was the policeman's fault. The medical test showed he had signs of alcohol intoxication.

An official inquiry is launched into the incident. The driver is dismissed from the police service.

Measures, up to removal from office, will be also taken against police officials to whom he was subordinate, the press service said.

A similar, but fatal, case occurred in St. Petersburg early on Saturday morning. A drunk policeman was at the wheel of the car that struck a pedestrian to death there.

A criminal case is opened against the police officer, a source at the Russian Investigative Committee told Itar-Tass.

A criminal case is opened against 28-year-old Sergei Kudryavtsev, a police major, chief of the criminal police department of the Vsevolzhsk district, the Leningrad Region. He is charged with traffic regulations violation that was committed in a drunken state and that caused death.

Kudryavtsev driving a Honda struck a pedestrian who was running across the road on Peredovikov Street in St. Petersburg's Krasnogvardeisky district early on Saturday morning. The man who was struck died.

According to the preliminary information, the policeman was in a drunken state. The pedestrian was running across the road where it was not allowed, not within a pedestrian crossing zone.

Kudryavtsev may be held in custody. It is under consideration now.

A source at the Interior Ministry's department for St. Petersburg and the Leningrad Region told Itar-Tass that traffic policemen witnessed the accident. Policemen who patrolled the area blocked the car and detained the driver.

The medical test detected 1.2% alcohol in the driver's blood, a medium degree of alcohol intoxication.

Chief of the Russian Interior Ministry’s Main Department Maj. Gen. Sergei Umnov has ordered to dismiss Kudryavtsev and conduct a thorough inspection of the Vsevolzhsk district police department.

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