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Atlanta Cop to Serve 10 Days for Wrong-Way DUI Wreck

Atlanta Police Officer Christopher Niezurawski will soon be on the other side of prison bars. For 10 days, at least.

Niesurawski, 36, was arrested back in April after he caused a wrong-way wreck while driving drunk on I-85. On Tuesday, he pleaded guilty to his charges and was sentenced to 10 days in jail, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Niezurawski was off-duty about 4:30 a.m. on April 26 when the accident took place. The officer reportedly entered an off ramp and drove north in the southbound lanes of I-85.

An off-duty DeKalb officer spotted Niezurawski, but was unable to stop him in time. Niezurawski's SUV slammed into a Greyhound bus loaded with passengers.

"He was going the wrong way. He could have killed everybody on that bus," Dorothy Durham, a passenger, told CBS Atlanta.

Fortunately no one on the bus was hurt. Niezurawski was treated for minor injuries and released from the hospital the same day.

He was charged with DUI, reckless driving, and operating a vehicle going the wrong way. On Tuesday, the officer pleaded guilty to the charges and was sentenced to 12 months, 10 days of which will be served in jail.

Niezurawski will be on probation for the remainder of his sentence. During that time, he won't be allowed to consume any alcohol and will have to undergo random alcohol screenings. The officer will also have to pay a total of $1,243 in fines, perform 80 hours of community service, and participate on a Mothers Against Drunk Driving impact panel.

Niezurawski's job is also on the line. He's been placed on administrative assignment pending the outcome of an internal investigation.

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