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Police carry sleeping drunk driver to alcohol test

The Local · 12 Oct 2010, 09:19

Published: 12 Oct 2010 09:19 GMT+02:00

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The 57-year-old apparently fell asleep while driving. A resident in the small town of Mayen called to report seeing a man sleeping in his car around 10 pm, and police found him still wearing his seatbelt, slumped over the steering wheel.

According to the report, the car motor was still warm and the keys were in the ignition.

“Inside the car there was an intense smell of alcohol,” the statement said.

Officers were unable to stir the slumbering driver, who slept through transport to the station, the blood test and the confiscation of his driver’s licence.

“Hard work for the police officers who had to carry the man,” the statement added.

The man spent the night in a local hospital for observation after officers failed to reach a family member to pick him up.

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13:30 October 12, 2010 by auniquecorn
Slept through transport to the station, the blood test and the confiscation of his driver¦#39;s licence.

So it´s legal to draw blood without the consent of the person?

He will probaly come down with aids, because the needle they used is the same one for all the (slumbering Persons)
13:41 October 12, 2010 by NYsteve
Forgive me for sounding naive......but doesn't drunk "driving" involve a MOVING vehicle? Yes, the engine was warm and keys in the ignition...but motor off and the driver sleeping (hopefully in a parking spot)....here in the US, unless caught actually driving, all they'd be able to get on this guy is Public Intoxication. The article almost hints at "The Minority Report" (movie)...Dept. Of Pre-Crime. I am totally against drunk driving 100%...but this is just "pushing" it a bit much. They would be better off by giving him a ticket (to let him know he was caught) and let him sleep it off....basically what they did without the dragging the "body" around.
20:06 October 12, 2010 by maxbrando
You Germans are nuts. Why do you tolerate this imbecilic behavior by the police. Why not go in everyone's house without a warrant and look for slumbering drunks.
01:33 October 13, 2010 by Prufrock2010
NYsteve --

You make a good point. Maybe he was drunk and turned on the engine to get some heat flowing through the car so he wouldn't freeze his gonads off, then turned off the engine and dozed off. That's a perfectly plausible defense. Without actual evidence of his driving the vehicle, the drunk driving charge should be dismissed.

Auniquecorn also makes a good point? Is it legal in Germany to draw blood without consent? I don't know, but if so it is an egregious invasion of privacy.

They could have confiscated his car keys, left a note and let him sleep it off like every other drunk on the sidewalk. But hey, this is Germany!
08:53 October 13, 2010 by moistvelvet
In Germany it is an offence to be sat in the drivers seat with the car keys in your possession whilst drunk, I know of two people who have been prosecuted for drink driving in this way, despite the engine not being on. As for taking a blood sample I believe that you might have to give permission, but then this is the German police so at the end of the day they can do what they want.

And Germans complain about Street View!!!
19:40 October 30, 2010 by auslanderzwei
Beleive it or not it is actually legal for the German police to do an alcohol blood test without consent, whether your awake or passed out drunk! I couldn't beleive it when I read this while studying for a German driver's license.
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