On Monday, judge of the Constitutional Tribunal Bartłomiej Sochański was involved in a road collision. He refused a breathalyzer test. As he later explained in an interview with “Super Express”, he has the right to refuse because he has immunity.
On Monday morning, two passenger cars collided in Szucha Avenue. As the capital police reported at the time, one of the drivers claimed immunity and refused to take a breathalyzer test. tvnwarszawa.pl reporter Artur Węgrzynowicz determined that it was a judge of the Constitutional Tribunal.
Later, the Constitutional Tribunal confirmed that “on November 20, 2023, a communication event took place with the participation of Judge of the Constitutional Tribunal Bartłomiej Sochański.” The announcement stated that the judge underwent a test that did not show any alcohol in his exhaled air.
As KSP explains, in the event of a collision, the sobriety test consists of two stages. One is a test using the Alcoblow device, which determines whether the driver is sober or drunk. The second is a breathalyzer test, which provides a printout on the basis of which documentation is prepared. Judge Sochański did not want to undergo this second examination.
“Because I have the right”
Why did judge Bartłomiej Sochański refuse to take a breathalyzer test? – Because I have the right – he replied to “Super Express”. In an interview with the daily, he explained that he initially agreed to the examination. And the device did not detect alcohol in the exhaled air.
– The result was “zero”. Only when I gave my judge’s ID did the policeman order another test and take out another breathalyzer. I said thank you very much, I will use my immunity. I am sure that I am absolutely sober, I have not drank anything, there is no doubt about it – Judge Sochański told the daily.-
Collision in Szucha Avenue with the participation of a Constitutional Tribunal judge
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