Drunk driver’s ac­tion on Broad­way ‘ap­palling’

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page - By ALI BRADY

Mata­mata po­lice have de­scribed an in­ci­dent in which a drunk man drove down the wrong side of Broad­way as ‘‘ap­palling.’’

CCTV footage showed 26-year-old man driv­ing on the the wrong side of the road about 1am on Fri­day, be­fore crash­ing into the round­about.

Af­ter driv­ing through the round­about, the man stopped, re­versed and got stuck.

He con­tin­ued revving en­gine un­til it caught fire.

Sergeant Gra­ham McGurk said

the the in­ci­dent was ‘‘ap­palling’’.

‘‘The risk he put the other road users in was death, in­jury, or a head-on col­li­sion.’’

Mr McGurk said that though there were no cars on the road dur­ing the in­ci­dent, footage showed cars ap­proach­ing the round­about five to 10 sec­onds later.

When po­lice ar­rived on the scene the of­fender was so in­tox­i­cated he was un­able to speak or walk unas­sisted.

On the way to the po­lice sta­tion, the man be­came an­gry and punched the po­lice­man seated in the car be­side him in the face.

At the sta­tion the man was so in­tox­i­cated he was in­ca­pable of pro­vid­ing any form of a breath test.

He was charged with driv­ing while in­ca­pable and as­sault­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer and will be ap­pear­ing in the Mor­rinsville Dis­trict Court.

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