Former head of the Slovak nationalist party (SNS), Jan Slota, has been detained by police for driving under the influence after a speedy car chase as he refused to stop for officers doing spot checks, Pluska.SK reported.
The police detained 59-year old Slota yesterday afternoon near Cadca in the north-west of the country, already more than tipsy behind the wheel. As has been his custom, Slota refused to take a breathalyser test. The officers had to chase after Slota’s car and block it in order to get him to stop. Slota’s detention came the same day he organised a press conference but did not show up at it.
One of the officers told SME daily that Slota showed signs of being pretty inebriated. Slota could not face charges of drunk driving and disregarding officers of the law. The police eventually let Slota go after midnight, while daily SME cites him as saying it must be “some kind of error” as he left.
When SMe daily asked him why he had been arrested, he said he didn’t think he was drunk and that he hoped he hadn’t “killed 300,000 Roma”.
This April, the SNS expelled Slota for financial mismanagement as he squandered some 11 million euros from the party coffers, due to which the party is penniless.
Slota has developed a reputation for his love of a drink or two, and was recently thrown out of the SNS party by the party board for using up some EUR 11 million and leaving the party skint after it failed to get past the 5% threshold needed to get into parliament in the March 2012 elections.