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Drink driver smashes into the Belco Coles Express

By johnboy 14 March 2013 22

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A 38-year-old Belconnen man was more than three times over the legal limit when his vehicle collided with a service station last night (Wednesday March 13).

Around 10pm the disqualified driver failed to control the black Nissan Z51 Murano when entering the Belconnen Shell service station. The vehicle struck a petrol bowser before crashing into the Coles shop-front. No-one was injured during the incident.

The man, whose licence had been disqualified for a previous drink-driving offence, returned a positive road-side screening test and was transported to Belconnen Police Station for breath analysis.

The driver returned a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) reading of 0.169.

The man will face ACT Magistrates Court, where he will be charged with driving whilst over the prescribed concentration of alcohol and driving whilst
disqualified.

Acting Superintendent of Traffic Operations Rod Anderson said incidents like this demonstrate the dangers of drink-driving.

“I’m astounded at the actions of this man. Driving intoxicated into an area full of combustible liquids has the potential to create a real disaster, particularly in one of our more populated areas. It’s extremely fortunate this incident didn’t have a worse outcome. The community has every right to be outraged by his behaviour”, A/Supt Anderson said.

ACT Policing urge observe anyone you believe may be driving intoxicated, or driving in a dangerous manner, you to report it to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via www.act.crimestoppers.com.au. Information can be provided anonymously.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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shirty_bear 10:19 am 15 Mar 13

54-11 said :

Where’s Mully when we need him?

Right where he belongs – six foot under, feeding worms.

IrishPete 9:30 am 15 Mar 13

Hmmm… reading the police statement, I don’t get a clear picture reflected by the photo: “before crashing into the Coles shop-front” – looks to me like he crashed through the shop-front, possibly through some shelving and into the opposite wall

“Failed to control” – well the circumstances sound like flooring the accelerator instead of the brake, easy mistake when pissed, though novice and elderly drivers sometimes do it too when sober.

Very lucky there were no customers in the shop or forecourt to be run over. Driving such an expensive car, this dude probably has assets, though no doubt they’ll be in the company’s name, the wife’s name or in a family trust.

He wasn’t even sensible enough to drive straight home from wherever he was drinking – who stops for petrol or munchies when they’re drunk? That’s asking to be dobbed in.

IP

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