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Drunk driver damages multiple vehicles

By 25 August 2014 3

ACT Policing arrested a 74-year-old man on Sunday evening (24 August), after his vehicle collided with several vehicles in Weston.

About 6pm, the man drove his white Mitsubishi Verada sedan toward the exit of the car park to the Weston Canberra Irish Club on Parkinson Street. He collided with a parked Subaru Impreza sedan, which forced the Subaru into a blue Mazda utility, causing major damage to the Subaru.

The man continued to drive towards the exit when his vehicle collided with a parked white Mazda hatchback, causing minor damage to it.

On leaving the car park, the man drove across Parkinson Street, mounted the curb and collided with an electrical substation, causing damage. He continued to drive east on Parkinson Street a short distance before coming to a stop.

Off duty police officers arrived at the club shortly after the collision and located the man in his vehicle. Members of the Collision Investigation and Reconstruction team arrived and the man underwent roadside alcohol screening, returning a positive result. He was then conveyed to Woden Police Station where he underwent breath analysis, returning a reading of 0.082.

ActewAGL attended to repair the damaged electrical substation which left local businesses and residents without power for approximately six hours.

The man will be summonsed to appear in court at a later date.

Police are urging anyone who may have witnessed the incident to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via www.act.crimestoppers.com.au. Information can be provided anonymously.

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(ACT Policing Media Release)

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3 Responses to Drunk driver damages multiple vehicles
#1
Dacquiri2:59 pm, 26 Aug 14

Why, exactly, is this not sufficient evidence for the Irish Club to face whatever the consequences are (re their liquor licence?) for failure to abide by the rules for the responsible service of alcohol? The failure to take any action makes a mockery of such rules. At the same time, research in Brisbane (focusing on pre-loading, but also looking at alcohol consumption more generally) found that many people (esp. males) grossly under-estimated their BAC. Perhaps we need to be looking more seriously at making accurate testing devices more readily available in licensed premises — either that, or moving towards alcohol interlocks being standard features in all vehicles.

#2
bundah3:19 pm, 26 Aug 14

I’m not certain that alcohol was the main contributor here given that there’s been a noticeable increase in the elderly running into things due to momentary confusion in their minds re the functions of the brake and accelerator pedals.

#3
Pork Hunt4:05 pm, 26 Aug 14

At least he wasn’t blind at 8:50 in the morning. Much more civilised than the gent in Gungahlin…

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