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Drunk driver plows into crowd, injures 14

A drunken motorist collided with a festive crowd in a small town in Germany on Saturday, hurting 14 pedestrians, including one who was critically injured.

Drunk driver plows into crowd, injures 14
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Police said the incident happened on Saturday morning at around 10:00 in the state of Lower Saxony.

Several hundred people pulling hand-trucks had obstructed a narrow

alley in the town of Markhausen, a town near the Dutch border, as they were walking through during a traditional excursion.

Why the motorist, a 19-year-old who lives in a neighbouring town, drove into the group was not clear, although he appeared to have been annoyed that they were blocking the street and had honked his horn several times.

He fled on foot, but was caught by police, who said he failed an

alcohol test. Apart from the woman in hospital, two others suffered

serious injuries.

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German jailed for life in double police murder

A German man was given a life sentence on Wednesday for shooting dead two police officers to escape being caught for illegal game hunting during a routine traffic check.

German jailed for life in double police murder

The regional court in Kaiserslautern found 39-year-old Andreas Schmitt guilty of the killings in January this year, which sent shockwaves across Germany.

His co-defendant, referred to by the court as Florian V., was found guilty of abetting illegal poaching.

The 33-year-old was in the car with Schmitt when the officers discovered dead game in the boot, investigators said.

“We are all to this day horrified that a supposed routine control could turn into a fatal incident,” Interior Minister Nancy Faeser said in a statement after the verdict.

READ ALSO: German prosecutors say poaching led to double police murder

The victims were a 24-year-old woman police officer still in training and her colleague, a 29-year-old man.

The young woman was killed by a single shot to the head, while the man was shot four times, investigators said.

The officers were able to report that they were checking a suspicious vehicle and that shots were being fired before radio contact broke off.

When backup arrived, the woman was already dead and the man fatally injured. The perpetrators had fled the scene.

The crime in the Kusel district of Rhineland-Palatinate state triggered a major manhunt, with police deploying helicopters and sniffer dogs, sealing off roads and warning local residents not to pick up hitchhikers.

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