17 January 2021

Driver three times over the limit collides with police vehicle

| David Murtagh
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One police officer had to be extracted from the unmarked vehicle by ACT Fire and Rescue. Photo: Supplied.

An alcohol-impaired driver has received an immediate suspension notice following a two-car collision overnight.

The incident occurred at around 9:10 pm last night (16 January) at the intersection of Hindmarsh Drive and Palmer Street in Garran.

Police will allege a silver station wagon turned in front of an unmarked police vehicle contrary to traffic signals, with the police vehicle rolling and coming to rest approximately 20 metres east of the intersection.

The police vehicle was not under ‘urgent duty driving circumstances’ and did not have lights and sirens activated.

The two police officers in the police vehicle received minor injuries. One officer required extraction from the vehicle by ACT Fire and Rescue.

The driver of the silver station wagon was uninjured. A breath analysis confirmed a blood alcohol level of 0.163.

He was issued an immediate suspension notice and further investigations about the incident are being conducted by ACT Road Policing’s Major Collision Team.

ACT Policing has taken the opportunity to remind all drivers that drink driving puts both yourself and other drivers at significant risk. The decision is simple – drink or drive.

Anyone with information about this collision that could assist police is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website. Please quote reference 6716090. Information can be provided anonymously.

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Capital Retro4:09 pm 17 Jan 21

How unlucky is this dude? I mean, it’s hard to even spot a police car in Canberra let alone hit one.

Invisible unless in a pack.

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