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LPR Leader Charged with Drunk Driving
March 18, 2009   
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Mirosław Orzechowski, leader of the right-wing League of Polish Families (LPR) party, known for his calls for a crackdown on drinking by young people while deputy education minister, has been charged with drunk driving.

Orzechowski, 52, a minister in the previous PiS-Samoobrona-LPR coalition government, was stopped by police March 5 after allegedly damaging two cars in a car park while reversing his car. He was taken to a police station, where a breathalyzer test showed he had a hefty alcohol level of 0.22 percent in his breath. It is illegal to drive upon reaching an alcohol level of 0.02 percent in Poland.

Orzechowski was released and ordered to report to police the next day after he had sobered up. Police confiscated his driving license.

Orzechowski denied drunk driving, saying he had not got into his car at all. He added that he had been near the vehicle because he had wanted to draw money from a cash machine near the car park. But his description of events was contradicted by the owner of one of the damaged cars, who witnessed the incident in the car park.

Orzechowski quit from his post as LPR leader until the case is resolved. Wojciech Wierzejski is his temporary replacement.
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