10 times over the limit
Wednesday, 23rd February, 2011
Broken Hill police have condemned the behaviour of a 20-year-old provisional licence holder who rolled his car in Bonanza Street early yesterday morning.
Police believe the man was more than 10 times over the legal alcohol limit and travelling at about twice the permitted speed when the accident occurred.
Detective Inspector Mick Stoltenberg said the driver and his 17-year-old male passenger could consider themselves extremely lucky that they did not suffer serious injury or worse as a result of the "unacceptable behaviour".
"It is extremely disappointing that a young man would put his life - and the life of his passenger - at such risk," Det. Insp. Stoltenberg said.
"We are talking about an incident in a built-up part of a city that also had the potential to cause serious harm to other innocent people.
"The indication from the initial roadside breath test produced an exceptionally high reading (0.217) for a young man and sets a ridiculous example to the rest of the community."
The incident occurred at about 12.50am yesterday when the man's Triton utility failed to negotiate the roundabout at the corner of Bonanza and Patton streets.
Police reported that the ute was travelling in a southerly direction when the driver lost control, causing it to roll and crash into a parked Hi-Ace van.
Emergency services attended the scene and both the driver and his passenger were taken to Broken Hill Base Hospital suffering minor cuts and abrasions.
"A blood sample was taken to ascertain the driver's true alcohol content and it could be three to six weeks before we receive the results of that test," Det. Insp. Stoltenberg said.
"Police have interviewed the driver and the investigation is continuing.
"But people who are still prepared to fly in the face of the law can expect to be prosecuted to the full extent ... we have zero tolerance when it comes to these types of matters."
Meanwhile, police are still calling for information to identify the second vehicle and its driver that were involved in a freak fatal accident on the Mildura road on Sunday night.
A 51-year-old Broken Hill man was struck in the head by a steel rod that seems to have been dislodged from a vehicle that was travelling into Broken Hill on the Silver City Highway about 11pm on Sunday.
The deceased and his wife were travelling south on the highway when the rod - which police believe may have come from a trailer or even a caravan - came through the windscreen.
Det. Insp. Stoltenberg said police were unable to say categorically if the driver of the north-bound car would be aware of what unfolded.
"The deceased's car was travelling with the cruise control activated and it took his wife some time to bring the vehicle back under control," he said.
"After a while she was able to bring the car to a halt about one kilometre off the highway and she has suffered extreme shock and trauma from the incident."
Anyone with information is urged to contact BH Police on 8087-0299, or Crimestoppers by phoning 1800-333-000.