Quick cop and driver save drunk cy­clist

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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