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Passenger in 'driverless' car charged for drunken driving

TT/The Local/dl · 12 Jan 2011, 08:25

Published: 12 Jan 2011 08:25 GMT+01:00

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The charges stem from an incident last autumn which began when a petrol station worker in Sundsvall called police to say that a clearly intoxicated man had gotten behind the wheel of a car and driven off, the local Dagbladet newspaper reports.

Out on the E4 motorway, the vehicle in question sped past the first patrol car it met. But when police caught up with the suspected drunken driver, they were startled to see that no one was in the driver's seat.

After proceeding about 200 metres without a driver, the car rolled to a stop and police approached the vehicle to find three men – one in the front seat and two, including the 29-year-old, in the back.

While all three men denied having driven the vehicle, police recognized the 29-year-old as having been behind the wheel when they first passed the car.

The local prosecutor also gave little credence to the man’s ‘ghost-driver’ defence, and has now charged the 29-year-old with driving without a licence, reckless driving, and drunken driving.

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11:24 January 12, 2011 by GOOD KARMA
Summoning spirits to drive his vehicle due to his intoxicated state, this man should be commended not chastised!
12:02 January 12, 2011 by Keith #5083
29 years old and still hasn't got past the early-teens urge to play games with the police and risk the lives of other road users?

He hasn't even got the testosterone to admit it was him...but the car travels 200+ metres supposedly driverless.

Perhaps there could be a 'DD reserve', a pool of convicted DD's who can be called upon to go and help clean up the road after accidents.

This story could have been funny if the car had ended up hitting a lamppost or something....no-one hurt of course - and the ghost driver's car' severely damaged.

Perhaps then the repair costs (refused by the Insurance company) would discourage such imbecile games in the future.
13:46 January 12, 2011 by Rishonim
Is this the same case in which the drunken guy had claimed Mållgan was behind the wheel?

Does anyone agrees with me that chairwoman Helena Benaouda pictured slighly on the right is Uncle Fester?
13:54 January 12, 2011 by GOOD KARMA
Fester for sure! Uncanny resemblance.
20:24 January 12, 2011 by flappinggums
lol Rishonim....nice spot there.
22:17 January 12, 2011 by GLO
All three should get a ticket. They need to grow up.
02:27 January 15, 2011 by DamnImmigrant
@GOOD KARMA - "Summoning spirits to drive his vehicle...this man should be commended "

LMAO - "Spirits" driving - good one! Very punny!!! And clever too!

@GLO - "All three should get a ticket. They need to grow up."

Totally agree!! At the very least they were aiding and abetting in a crime!!

(Unless of course they were put in the car when they were unconscious and were that way when the cops found them - but then again the police would have sent them to the hospital.)
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