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Cop leaps from window after being caught drunk driving

A Frankfurt policeman wasn't his own 'friend and helper' on Friday evening. After crashing his car while under the influence, he tried to escape - and failed painfully.

Cop leaps from window after being caught drunk driving
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His first mistake came when he decided to get in his car while having a blood alcohol level of 2.8 – that is, the equivalent of around nine beers.

The drunk copper then smashed into another car on the Autobahn, causing a whole section of the road to be shut down, Bild reports.

Officers who turned up at the scene breathalyzed their colleague and found him way over the limit.

In order to have a blood-alcohol level test that could be used in court, the officers took the drunk copper to the station where a doctor was supposed to take a blood sample.

But before the test could be done, the inebriated policeman pleaded to be allowed to go to the loo.

Out of sight of his colleagues, the cop clambered out the toilet window and jumped onto a roof below.

But he was out of luck. His landing spot was eight metres below and he sustained a broken arm as well as a fractured his pelvis and severe bruising.

Police who retrieved him took him to hospital.

The officers who brought him in are now threatened with a disciplinary process.

They appear to have failed in their duty of supervision, from the point of taking him into custody until his escape, an investigator told Bild.

 

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German police under fire for using tracing app to find witnesses

German police drew criticism Tuesday for using an app to trace contacts from bars and restaurants in the fight against the pandemic as part of an investigation.

A barcode used for the Luca check-in app to trace possible Covid contacts at a Stuttgart restaurant.
A barcode used for the Luca check-in app to trace possible Covid contacts at a Stuttgart restaurant. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Marijan Murat

The case stemming from November last year began after the fatal fall of a man while leaving a restaurant in the western city of Mainz.

Police seeking possible witnesses made use of data from an app known as Luca, which was designed for patrons to register time spent in restaurants and taverns to track the possible spread of coronavirus.

Luca records the length of time spent at an establishment along with the patron’s full name, address and telephone number – all subject to Germany’s strict data protection laws.

However the police and local prosecutors in the case in Mainz successfully appealed to the municipal health authorities to gain access to information about 21 people who visited the restaurant at the same time as the man who died.

After an outcry, prosecutors apologised to the people involved and the local data protection authority has opened an inquiry into the affair.

“We condemn the abuse of Luca data collected to protect against infections,” said the company that developed the Luca app, culture4life, in a statement.

It added that it had received frequent requests for its data from the authorities which it routinely rejected.

Konstantin von Notz, a senior politician from the Greens, junior partners in the federal coalition, warned that abuse of the app could undermine public trust.

“We must not allow faith in digital apps, which are an important tool in the fight against Covid-19, to disappear,” he told Tuesday’s edition of Handelsblatt business daily.

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