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Blotto binman drove at ten times booze limit

The Local · 11 Jun 2012, 16:24

Published: 11 Jun 2012 16:24 GMT+02:00

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The 46-year-old driver started his shift as normal at 6 am on Monday. He drove around Wolfsburg, Lower Saxony, for more than three hours, with his colleague throwing bin bags in the back, police spokesman Sven-Marco Claus told The Local.

“He and his colleague worked from 6 am until about 9.30 am, when he parked the truck and was found slumped over the wheel,” Claus said.

“His colleague feared something was wrong and called the ambulance – when they showed up they smelled alcohol in the cab and called the police. Officers found a half-full bottle of ice tea which smelled strongly of alcohol.

“It was quite something that he was able to speak and blow into an alcohol tester – most people would be unconscious way before reaching this level of inebriation. His reading was 4.77 while the drink-drive limit in Germany is 0.49.

“I have never seen or heard of anyone being this drunk in my 27 years with the force.”

The man could face a fine of up to €1,000, will certainly lose his driving license and probably his job.

The driver’s mate told the police he had not noticed anything out of the ordinary – which might beg the question of whether the binman was normally blotto on the job.

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Your comments about this article

19:07 June 11, 2012 by romber58
The second begged question is whether the drivers mate was also drinking the "Ice Tea" and therefore didn,t notice anything out of the ordinary.
01:14 June 12, 2012 by raandy
Ya the unfulfillment ,lack of respect ,the low status of the job, and public scorn drove him to it. He needs a holiday, a pat on the back and compensation from the Government.
14:13 June 13, 2012 by William Thirteen
long term alcoholics are often able to function with blood alcohol levels far above what might be considered normal. i hope that, in addition to the usual punishments, this fellow is diverted into a treatment program. If my tax dollars are used for this purpose, then so be it. I'd rather they be used to help a fellow in need than provide weapon systems for foreign nations.
09:29 June 14, 2012 by Bilderberg
@william Thirteen....ditto. Also, I would bet his wife is mad as hell about the fine!!!! That will cut into the budget.
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