Quick cop and driver save drunk cyclist
A PLASTERED pom is lucky to be alive after riding his bicycle drunk without a light or helmet in the middle of the night and nearly causing a potentially deadly traffic accident.
At 11pm Sunday night on Port Douglas Rd, the 26-year-old English man was in an unlit area when he pulled out in front of a car, which was forced on to the wrong side of the road and nearly collided with a police vehicle.
The man was arrested on the scene and breathalysed, resulting in a BAC of .212.
Port Douglas police Acting Officer-inCharge Alan Dempsey said it was lucky the incident was not more serious.
“If it wasn’t for the driver’s quick reactions it would have been a fatal road accident we were attending and not a drink driver,” he said.
“It’s illegal and dangerous to ride a cycle while under the influence of alcohol, especially without lights or a helmet.”
The man has been charged with driving under the influence while riding a bicycle and will appear in the Mossman Magistrate’s Court on July 10.