Mirac­u­lous crash es­cape

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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.

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