Russian Embassy Staff's Traffic Incidents Continue to Mount (3)
The high number of traffic incidents involving Russian Embassy staff is again in the news after a driver evaded police Saturday night.
On the night in question, say the police, an employee of the embassy repeatedly "created hazardous situations," ignored police orders to stop the vehicle and finally fled into the embassy, uudised.err.ee reported, mentioning the name of the suspected individual.
It was at least the 11th incident in the last five years, according to police reports compiled by uudised.err.ee. In many of the cases, police reports stated probable drunk driving and recklessness.
The embassy declined comment to uudised.err.ee about the latest case, saying it had no information that it took place.
The car, a Mitsubishi, was first spotted on Paldiski maantee, a major artery leading west out of town, at 21:20. Police said they suspected a DWI.
Police gave pursuit, ordered the vehicle to stop, but it accelerated and proceeded toward the Old Town, where the Russian embassy is located.
January 29, 2014: Embassy car involved in city center accident, drivers unable to come to terms so police were involved.
April 27, 2013: Driver of an Audi with non-diplomatic plates stopped at sobriety check for DWI, identified as embassy staffer Dmitri Nemtsov, refused breath test, citing diplomatic immunity.
February 5, 2013: Russian Embassy owned car dents parked car in Old Town, leaves scene.
January 2, 2013: Embassy-registered Toyota Corolla ends up in ditch in Pirita, witnesses claim driver was drunk.
November 28, 2012: Embassy's Toyota involved in collision with car on Tartu maantee in Tartu.
August 11, 2012: Fight involving embassy worker breaks out at Tallinn entertainment venue in Old Town.
July 24, 2012: Embassy worker driving Volkswagen while intoxicated goes off course in Pelgulinn district of Tallinn, hits traffic signs.
November 27, 2010: Narva consulate worker gets car stuck in snow bank in front of liquor store after completing purchase.
July 22, 2010: Russian embassy car stopped, driver Stanislav DWI.
Early July 2010: Same driver, Stanislav, apprehended DWI.
September 6, 2009: Narva consulate adviser Sergei Stukharev is arrested after ramming a police car and leaving the scene of the accident.