Woman acquitted of drink-driving in Sweden after fleeing rapist

A woman in her 30s has been acquitted of drink-driving on the grounds that she was in an "emergency situation" after being assaulted.

Woman acquitted of drink-driving in Sweden after fleeing rapist
File photo of a Swedish police car. Photo: Johan Nilsson/TT

The assault took place at a summer house where the woman was staying with her boyfriend at the time.

After he attacked her, she left the house by car, despite being under the influence of alcohol and without a driving licence. The incident took place in April last year.

While in the car, she called police and agreed on a place to meet them. When they got there, they carried out a breathalyzer test and found her blood alcohol level was 1.2 mg/ml — well above Sweden’s relatively low legal limit of 0.2 mg/ml, and above the threshold for “aggravated” drink-driving (1 mg/ml). 

A district court found her guilty of aggravated drink-driving and driving without a licence, but she has now been acquitted by a court of appeal.

Judges at the court of appeal in Norrland said there was no doubt that the woman was in an emergency situation, after the district court said she could have called someone to come and collect her.


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Man jailed for throwing stone at policeman in Sweden’s Easter riots

A 30-year-old man has been jailed for six months for throwing a stone at a policeman during one of the riots that swept Sweden over Easter.

Man jailed for throwing stone at policeman in Sweden's Easter riots

The man was found guilty of “violent rioting” and “attempted violence against an officer” for his behaviour during a riot in the Stockholm suburb of Rinkeby on Good Friday. 

The sentence by the Solna District Court marks the first ruling connected with the unrest, which followed a series of Koran-burnings carried out by the Danish far-Right activist Rasmus Paludan. 

Although the man was found guilty of taking part in the riot, the court ruled that there was no evidence he was an organiser or instigator of the violence. 

“Many people were active and the crowd rushed back and forth for a long time. There has been no indication that [his] actions had any effect on the crowd “, the court wrote in its judgement. 

Although he threw a stone, it did no damage as the policeman managed to duck in time. 

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The police had requested SEK 10,000 in damages, but the court refused to award any, arguing that violence was to be expected at such a large riot. 

“This was a situation where the police had a clear reason to expect to be met by some violence, and can be assumed to have been prepared for this,” the court wrote.