It was witnesses who sounded the alarm about the perilous journey in August last year.

One of the witnesses told during the trial how she approached the driver after he drove off the road and tried to talk to him without getting an answer.

Stopped by police

Instead, he drove away from there on the wrong side of the road at high speed.

Several vehicles had to brake and steer away so as not to collide with the police officer.

Eventually he ended up in the right direction again and could be stopped by the police.

Could have ended worse

The district court finds that the incident is serious and could have had significantly more severe consequences if the witnesses had not acted and warned other motorists.

Punishment other than imprisonment is excluded, according to the court, which at the same time considers that the police officer has received treatment for alcohol abuse and that he risks not being allowed to keep his job in the event of a conviction.