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Drunk Swede drove to police station to pick up drunk friend

The Local/dl · 17 Feb 2011, 08:20

Published: 17 Feb 2011 08:20 GMT+01:00

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After parking outside the police station, the 28-year-old entered the lobby, where he argued with a security guard after indicating that he was there to pick up his friend, the local Skånska Dagbladet newspaper reported.

The guard suspected the man had been drinking and alerted a police officer who was just arriving at the station.

The officer gave the 28-year-old man a breathalyser test, which revealed he was well over Sweden's legal blood alcohol level.

During questioning, the man said he had a sudden impulse in the middle of the night to go pick up his friend who had been arrested for drunk driving earlier in the day.

"I didn't feel drunk, but I had been drinking, so it was unnecessary and poorly thought out," said the 28-year-old, according to the newspaper.

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Not only did the man decide to drive under the influence to the police station to pick up his friend, he drove the same vehicle his friend had driven when he was arrested earlier in the day.

On Tuesday, the man was charged with aggravated drunken driving for the September 2010 incident.

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Your comments about this article

08:51 February 17, 2011 by this_aint_sparta
Now thats cute.
09:09 February 17, 2011 by Kalyissa
I am amused :D
09:34 February 17, 2011 by Pont-y-garreg
The correct term is "drink driving" in English.
09:59 February 17, 2011 by UScitizen
A man in America was stopped recently for DUI. He ran and ate his underwear because he thought the cotton would absorb the alcohol in his stomach and he wouldn't fail the breathalizer test!
11:34 February 17, 2011 by Nilspet
People never want to lose their driving license....
12:02 February 17, 2011 by Swedesmith
@US is this where the term sh-t faced origingated from?
12:39 February 17, 2011 by UScitizen
@ swedesmith

Must be! :O))
12:49 February 17, 2011 by J Jack
@ Pont-y-garreg ... are u an inglisch teecha? who gives a rats arse about the correct term, drunk is just as good.
12:52 February 17, 2011 by this_aint_sparta
I know 5 languages, english is my bestest.
13:46 February 17, 2011 by Åskar

"drink driving" 1 220 000 hits in Google

"drunk driving" 24 300 000 hits

Which do you think is the preferred term?
13:56 February 17, 2011 by buschmann
Drinking and driving, drunk driving, driving under the influence (DUI), driving while intoxicated (DWI)
15:49 February 17, 2011 by Borilla
Here. Hold my beer and watch this.
16:06 February 17, 2011 by Rick Methven
What is it in Welsh?
16:52 February 17, 2011 by stillwatersrd
'Not only did the man decide to drive under the influence to the police station to pick up his friend, he drove the same vehicle his friend had driven when he was arrested earlier in the day.'

Wow. That was my favorite part of the story.
17:35 February 17, 2011 by Tusker
Isn't there a movie about this...called Dumb and Dumber
20:56 February 17, 2011 by dizzymoe33
I have never heard of "drink driving" and English is my primary language.
21:39 February 17, 2011 by johnny1939
Where else but in crazy Malmö!!!!!!!

Whatever you might call it still boils down that you should not drive och kärt barn har många namn
07:05 February 19, 2011 by robertsolita
Makes me proud to be Swedish.
06:02 February 22, 2011 by jimfromcanada
It depends where you come from. In Canada it is typically called drunk driving in English. The charge is DUI Driving (Under the Influence) in the Province of Manitoba. It might be different in other provinces. I don't know what the term is en Francais here.
14:02 March 5, 2011 by Anthony Head
Its drunk driving in South Africa.
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