Miraculous crash escape
A Victorian man who was banned from driving by police in Tocumwal on Saturday morning has ‘‘miraculously’’ escaped serious injury in a crash near Mathoura a few hours later.
Murray River Police District Senior Constable Peter Joice said the 35 year-old Whittlesea man ‘‘walked away’’ from the incident, despite his car becoming airborne and landing on its roof about 12km from Mathoura on the Cobb Highway.
He said police are now investigating whether drug use contributed to the incident, and say the driver was subject to two different driving bans.
Sen Const Joice said four hours before the crash, the man was prohibited from driving for 24 hours following an alleged positive roadside drug test at Tocumwal.
‘‘The man was stopped by police in Tocumwal at 10.15am and returned a positive result for methamphetamines at the roadside,’’ Sen Const Joice said.
‘‘As a result of that positive test police issued a 24 hour prohibition notice.
‘‘It would also appear that in Victoria, the man’s licence was disqualified for between November 13 this year and May 12 next year for an incident on August 8 where he was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs.
‘‘Based on observations following the crash, the man was arrested and taken to Deniliquin Hospital for blood and urine samples, which have been sent for further testing.’’
Sen Const Joice said the man was driving south on the Cobb Highway toward Moama, after dropping some friends at Tocumwal.
He is believed to have drifted into the incorrect lane, and then off the side of the road in to a table drain and embankment.
Sen Const Joice said after hitting the embankment the car was ‘‘launched a considerable distance’’ before landing on its roof.
He said the driver told police he may have fallen asleep at the wheel.