Death crash Greater Manchester PC Brendan Buggie 'drank six pints'

A Greater Manchester Police officer had drunk six pints of beer when he crashed his sports car on an icy road, killing his passenger, a court heard.

Justyna Stanczak, 26, died when off-duty PC Brendan Buggie smashed into a parked van on the A56 in Ramsbottom, Greater Manchester.

Mr Buggie, 39, of Ramsbottom, denies causing death by careless driving when over the prescribed limit in December.

He was twice the drink-drive limit, a jury at Bradford Crown Court heard.

The court was told he had been drinking in several pubs in his home town before offering to give Miss Stanczak, a Polish national who he had recently begun a relationship with, a lift to her home in Bury around midnight on 5 December 2011.

Roads were 'treacherous'

Nicholas Williams, prosecuting, said: "The defendant had been drinking since mid-afternoon that day. On his own admission, he was later to tell the police he had consumed six pints of beer."

Mr Williams said there was thick frost and ice on the route, adding: "As he entered a left-hand bend he lost control of his vehicle. It span and slid across the carriageway.

"When his car came to a halt, the defendant was uninjured but Miss Stanczak was unconscious."

He said she sustained multiple wounds and "massive internal bleeding", and died in hospital a few hours later.

Mr Williams added: "The prosecution say he drove carelessly that night, no doubt because he'd been drinking, by failing to adapt his driving."

Mr Buggie accepts he was over the drink-drive limit but denies his driving was careless, claiming he was "quite fit to drive" after six pints.

He said the roads were "treacherous" due to the freezing conditions and he was driving at the 40mph limit.

His trial is scheduled to last five days.

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