Drunk driver nearly in the drink

Off the road: A tow truck hauls the vehicle from where it was wedged on the banks of the Manning River on Tuesday afternoon. The driver was later charged with high range drink driving.

Off the road: A tow truck hauls the vehicle from where it was wedged on the banks of the Manning River on Tuesday afternoon. The driver was later charged with high range drink driving.

A man allegedly driving with nearly five times the legal blood alcohol limit has narrowly avoided crashing his car into the Manning River. 

Emergency services were called to an accident at Taree’s River Street at about 4.30pm on Tuesday, September 20.

Upon arrival, police, Fire and Rescue, and the Volunteer Rescue Association were greeted with a vehicle hanging precariously on the concrete bank of the Manning River, with the driver unable to reverse or get out of the vehicle.

The balancing act was resolved with the aid of a tow truck, which hauled the car back from the muddy clutches of the river. 

Police questioned the male driver, and after appearing to be under the affects of alcohol, he was taken back to Taree Police Station. Police say the driver was subsequently found to be driving with a blood alcohol content nearly five times the legal limit of 0.05 per cent. The man had all driving privileges suspended on the spot.

He will front Taree Local Court in October.

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