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Police kept busy on Midsummer Eve

Police kept busy on Midsummer Eve

Published: 26 Jun 2010 10:41 GMT+02:00
Updated: 26 Jun 2010 10:41 GMT+02:00

A number of drunk drivers and inebriated revellers were taken into police custody across the country. There were also reports of a number of assaults at parties and camping sites.

Police on the island of Öland “as usual made lots of different kinds of interventions”, while in In Halland police had “quite a messy and hectic day.”

“I could have done with ten more police units,” said Peter Persson at Örebro police station. A serious road traffic accident in the area left two women seriously injured on Friday night.

In Uppsala, Sergeant Kenneth Sundin said it would be “an understatement to say that we had a lot to do.”

In Växjö a man died in a cycling accident. Another man died after his boat capsized off the coast of Karlskrona.

But many parts of the country experienced a relatively calm Midsummer Eve. Police in Västernorrland did not have to make a single arrest. In Jönköping too the holiday was largely uneventful, although three people received facial burns after an accident with a barbecue at the High Chaparall camping site.

On the E4 motorway outside Sundsvall, police stopped two men on a motorized lawnmower wearing nothing but minuscule shorts. The driver of the vehicle is suspected of aggravated drunk driving.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

Your comments about this article

13:52 June 26, 2010 by Audrian
The cost of intoxication is more than the money its costs to buy the booze: hangover, accidents and cost of policing the drunk. I wonder what the benefits are. Is it temporary insanity?
14:45 June 26, 2010 by Keith #5083
The evidence is certainly beginning to accumulate that regular moderate to heavy drinking results in something a little more permanent than 'temporary insanity'.

I wonder if offenders had to pay all the costs relating to their anti-social behaviour, if that would discourage some.

In fairness to Sweden, it is far from the worst offending society in Euraope and it's attitudes to drink/driving are generally a good example to every other European country. I'm a brit, and 'midsommar madness' happened every time there was a major football match, yep, even back to the 1930's.
15:03 June 26, 2010 by eZee.se
"half naked men driving a lawnmower on the motorway. "

Hahaha!

Pictures or it didnt happen!!!!
19:28 June 26, 2010 by Audrian
@ Keith. If intoxication has long lasting negative effects why do they do it. Is it for a temporary escape of the "unbearable of being" or is it to hasten death?
06:30 June 27, 2010 by mikmak
@Audrian Same reason as they do other things with long lasting negative effects like food, sex, coffee and religion...they like it.
12:12 June 27, 2010 by CarlBlack
@Audrian: You are apparently apparently watching things from the perspective of a TV / newspaper reader, where always only the worst cases are picked up. You can answer the question you ask only by your own experience.
19:42 June 27, 2010 by marco tru
please watch Brutal Badge on youtube, in 6 parts, especially part 5…And recommend it to your friends…. Thank you kindly!
23:53 June 27, 2010 by dizzymoe33
Ha,ha, you Swedes definately know how to have a good time. :o)
19:24 June 28, 2010 by sadiejo400wcn
love it swedes know how to have fun.
18:25 August 3, 2010 by Michael Whitfield
Sweden is always a fantastic place to visit anytime, but especially during Midsommar. I can remember some of the most memorable and pleasant experiences during this period when I visited friends in Sweden. The combination of good company, food, beverages and scenery makes for a dream holiday. Swedes know how to have a good time and enjoy themselves. Heja Sverige!
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