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Man still in crashed car two days after wreck

18 Jun 2012, 11:40

Published: 18 Jun 2012 11:40 GMT+02:00

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The ordeal began when police and emergency services received a call around 3.30am on Saturday morning about a single-car accident near Braås in central Sweden.

They arrived to find the 37-year-old's car stuck in the ditch on the side of the road. While the man wasn't injured in the crash, he was suspected of having been operating the vehicle under the influence of drugs.

"Normally they would take him to the station for tests and questioning," police spokesperson P-O Jansson told the local Smålandsposten newspaper.

But the man refused to leave his car after police arrived, something which Jansson said was unusual, but not illegal, adding that police were able to carry out the necessary post-accident tests and formalities at the scene.

"If he's not really drunk or intoxicated we can't bring him in," he told the newspaper.

He explained that there is no legal backing that would allow police to apprehend the 37-year-old who, according to Jansson, has every right to sit in his car on the side of the road.

However, the sight of a man sitting in a car crashed in the ditch has caused alarm among passing motorists, many of whom have called police to report what they assumed to be a dead man sitting in the vehicle.

"There ought to be some way to help him leave," one motorist told the paper.

On Sunday night--nearly 48 hours after the crash--the 37-year-old confirmed that he hasn't left his car since the accident occurred.

He said he was driving without a licence at the time of the crash and has previously been convicted of reckless driving.

The 37-year-old added that he hasn't called for a tow truck because he doesn't have the money to pay for tow, but also doesn't want to leave his car out of fear it might be vandalized.

While paramedics gave him blankets and water, the 37-year-old told Smålansposten what he really needed was a telephone.

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"If I'd been able to contact my friends in Åseda I could have been out of here in three hours," he said.

In the meantime, however, police say the man can continue to sit in his car on the side of the road at least until the result of drug tests come back in two weeks.

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12:19 June 18, 2012 by Twiceshy
> The 37-year-old added that he hasn't called for a tow truck because he doesn't have the money to pay for tow, but also doesn't want to leave his car out of fear it might be vandalized.

This guy must have some sort of mental problem.
12:39 June 18, 2012 by NickJT
Just give the poor guy a phone to use for god's sake. What's going on here. First a bunch of policemen who couldn't deal with a pack of wolves savaging a poor zoo attendant and now policemen who couldn't lend a destitute man a phone to make a call to a friend. Come on now.
13:13 June 18, 2012 by Mpf
He admits to driving without a licence. Why can't they arrest him for that?
13:25 June 18, 2012 by matona1
welcome to sweden
13:48 June 18, 2012 by libertarianism
Good Lord. Drag his ass out of the ditch with a tractor, haul him down to the local church, mosque, we-love-everyone whathaveyou. Let him call his friends to help clean up his mess and pay the farmer for his/her trouble. And please make sure he doesn't have some kind of head injury. :(
16:18 June 18, 2012 by gpafledthis
Ah well sweden !! God bless ya grandpa for scooting when ya could !! Looks to me like the national colors will soon be "black&blue"
16:39 June 18, 2012 by ivey007
On Sunday night--nearly 48 hours after the crash--the 37-year-old confirmed that he hasn't left his car since the accident occurred.

Ok did he confirm this from his car as if he did why was there a need to confirm haha

Also the part about not having a license, how can he admit this and nothing happens? I guess he admits this as the police already know, but Its confusing. I wonder what happens if you get caught driving without a permit in Sweden.
18:44 June 18, 2012 by Tarc the Mexan
#5: have you any idea what a gross violation of his personal freedom that would be? Every man should be entitled to sit in his wrecked car as long as he damn well pleases.

What are you, some sort of fascist?
21:15 June 18, 2012 by johan rebel
Only in Sweden!

Having said that, they should just let him sit in that car and rot. Who cares? If he wants to try a novel method of natural selection then that's perfectly fine by me.
22:04 June 18, 2012 by dizzymoe33
Over here in the States he would have been arrested for driving without a valid driver's license. His car would be automatically towed at his expense no matter what because it is a hazard to leave a broken down car sitting on the side of the road. After 24 hours a broken down car is automatically towed away and when the owner wants to retrieve their car they have to pay the fees. If the car is not picked up from the towing company after 30-days it is then auctioned off. Simple and easy.
00:27 June 19, 2012 by BillyB
Surely if its causing alarm amongst passing motorists there is some risk of an accident by someone looking at the guy rather than the road

So in the interests of safety common sense would suggest the police could get it moved by force??
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