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Drunk man charged with hijacking brewery truck

An inebriated man from southeastern Sweden has been charged with hijacking a brewery truck loaded full of empty bottles outside one of Sweden’s state run alcohol retailers, spreading broken glass in his wake.

Drunk man charged with hijacking brewery truck
The crates in the picture are not the crates mentioned in the article.

“I have seen a lot in my forty years at Systembolaget. But this was different,” said store manager Thomas Lindholm to local paper BLT Sydöstran at the time.

The incident occurred in September last year, when a brewery truck was parked outside of local alcohol store Systembolaget in Olofström in southeastern Sweden.

The driver had been unloading the last bottles and reloading the truck with empties to take back to the brewery.

A large number of empty bottles had been piled on the back of the truck, waiting to be dealt with.

However, the keys to the truck had been left in the ignition and at an opportune moment, a rather inebriated but determined thief stole into the driver’s seat and hijacked the vehicle, with the real driver stuck on the back of the truck.

Luckily the truck driver managed to jump off and got away unscathed.

The truck, however, careened away up the street, with the loading platform down, leaving cracked bottles, glass and crates in its wake.

“At one point the truck was no more than two centimetres from crashing into a Volvo. It was terribly dramatic,” said Lindholm to the paper.

When police eventually caught up with the man, they found he had a blood alcohol content over 1.24 promille.

The limit for drink driving in Sweden is a blood alcohol content exceeding 0.2 promille alcohol.

Several cars had their tires punctured by the shards of glass that were strewn everywhere in the trucks wake.

The incident caused a major traffic jam in the town centre and volunteers eventually ventured out in the streets trying to sweep up most of the glass before any other accidents were caused by the debris.

The county district court has now charged the man with grand theft auto, reckless driving, illegal driving, and aggravated drunk driving.

The court sees the offences as aggravated as the man has “showed apparent indifference to other persons’ life and property”, according to BLT.

The man has admitted to all charges.

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Swedish police remove sculpture mistaken for suicide victim

Police on the island of Gotland removed a public sculpture from the Galgberget nature reserve near Visby on the grounds that it is just too creepy.

Swedish police remove sculpture mistaken for suicide victim
The gallows at Galgeberget. Photo: Artifex/WikiCommons
According to local news site Hela Gotland, someone was out for a stroll on Galgeberget (the Gallows Hill) on Wednesday when they saw what they thought was a body hanging after a suicide. Local police were contacted but when they went to investigate they instead found a sculpture by artist Jessica Lundeberg. 
 
The artwork, entitled ‘The Watcher in the Woods’, is a partially transparent plate sculpture that looks like a spooky little girl. 
 
 
Despite discovering that the suspected suicide victim was actually artwork, police determined that Lundeberg’s piece could scare others and thus took the sculpture down. 
 
“It was decided that if it were to remain, more people would likely be frightened in the same way,” Gotland police spokesman Ayman Aboulaich told Radio P4 Gotland. 
 
Lundeberg told Hela Gotland that the sculpture has been at Galgeberget since a public art project last summer and that this was the first time it had caused any concern. She said ‘The Watcher in the Woods’ was the only piece that was allowed to remain after the end of the project. But now it is there no more. 
 
 
Lundeberg has taken the sculpture back to her studio. While she hopes it will eventually return to Galgeberget, the artist told Hela Gotland it seems unlikely.  
 
She said that the sculpture was damaged by police. 
 
“It was ragged, dismantled and broken. I was horrified when I saw it,” she said. 
 
Police have reportedly promised to pay any necessary repair costs.
 
Although the person who reported the sculpture to the police has not spoken with the media, their jump to conclusions could perhaps be attributed to the nature reserve’s macabre history. Galgeberget is still home to gallows that were used to hang criminals for centuries. The last execution to be held at the site was in 1845, according to Hela Gotland
 
 
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