Buryat deputy charged for running over traffic police officer on May 9
Sergey Mezenin is accused of using violence against a representative of the authorities. In addition, earlier the parliamentarian had been given an administrative protocol for drunk driving.
Sergey Mezenin, a deputy of the People's Khural (local parliament) of the Republic of Buryatia, who hit a traffic police officer driving in a drunken state on May 9, is prosecuted. The local Investigative Committee initiated a case on the Use of Violence against a representative of the power (part 1 of Art. 318 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation).
As the CrimeRussia wrote previously, the incident occurred on the day of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War. On May 9, parliament deputy Sergey Mezenin was trying to leave the residential area on the Borsoev Street at about 10.30 a.m. driving his Toyota Land Cruiser-200. However, Mezenin was blocked by a traffic police officer, who was on duty at the time, since the street was cordoned off during the Victory Day celebration. According to the police officers, Mezenin knocked against the 34-year-old lieutenant of the police, making the latter fall on the asphalt. As a result of the hit, the law enforcement officer received a bruise of the soft tissues of the right hip joint, while according to the parliamentarian, the traffic inspector "simulated falling down in front of the car" when he was trying to turn around. As evidence, he presented a video from a camera installed in his car, which captured the incident.
Video: Was it a hit or a dive?
In addition, the police found that Mezenin was in a state of intoxication while driving the car. A protocol has been made under part 1 of Art. 12.8 of the Code of Administrative Offenses.
The parliamentarian claims he was sober that morning.
"I was sober, I did not drink, especially that early," Sergey Mezenin told Baikal-daily reporters. “I use a breath freshener, always, it’s in my pocket. After I spayed the freshener, I came up for the examination, breathed, and it showed 0.54 or 0.56 ppm. I was surprised".
Subsequently, the deputy found out that the breath freshener contained 52% denatured alcohol.
The prosecutors want the former Russian Federation Council member to go to prison for 14 years instead of 9 and pay a 500-million-ruble ($8.8 million) fine instead of 70 million rubles ($1.2 million).