Drunk driver’s action on Broadway ‘appalling’
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.