Drunk driver climbs into back seat while car moving, to evade police

Police vehicle in Tallinn (photo is illustrative). Source: ERR

Police in Kadrina, Lääne-Viru County, apprehended a drunk driver who had climbed into the backseat of his car while the car was still moving, after sighting the approaching patrol.

The Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) posted on their social media account on Tuesday that: "In the morning, around 9.16 a.m. a patrol stopped a black Audi near Kadrina, in which the driver climbed into the backseat while the vehicle was still moving, so the car ended up driving another 200 meters, passing from one side of the road to the other."

Slipping into the back seat of a car to attempt to evade detection is a well-known ploy by drink drivers in Estonia. The miscreant then claims that his or her driver had fled the scene on seeing the PPA arrive, and that they had merely been a passenger. However, the offender has usually waited for a car to halt before making the potentially lethal move.

According to PPA, the driver's intoxication was measured at 2.5 per mille, which is to lead to criminal proceedings.

ERR News wrote on Thursday that more than 80 drunk drivers were caught over Jaanilaupäev (June 23) and Jaanipäev (June 24), both national holidays.

Drink driving and dangerous driving has been a burning issue in Estonia in 2020. A speeding drink driver wiped out three generations of women on the island of Saaremaa in January, and a speeding driver killed three last weekend in an accident after going at 200 km per hour in a 70 km per hour stretch of Laagna tee in Tallinn, though his lawyer has tried to place culpability on one of the victims by arguing they should have looked before legally changing lanes into the speeder's path.


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Editor: Kristjan Kallaste, Andrew Whyte

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