Truckie on drugs when he hit car


Truck driver charged with drug-driving after he crashes into the back of a car driven by an off-duty police officer

June 26, 2012

A truck driver accused of crashing into the car of an off-duty police officer in Sydney has been charged with driving under the influence of drugs.

The accident occurred shortly before 6am on March 27 on the Hume Highway at Blairmount.

The 42-year-old man was driving a Kenworth semi-trailer when he allegedly crashed into the side of the car driving in the same direction.

The car spun across all three lanes and came to rest on the median strip. The officer, who was on his way to work, was not hurt.

The driver was arrested at the scene and showed signs of being under the influence of drugs, NSW Police says.

Mandatory tests were carried out at the time. NSW Police alleges the tests show the driver had methyl-amphetamine in his blood.

He was yesterday charged with driving under the influence of drugs and negligent driving and will face Campbelltown Local Court on August 8.

Meanwhile, a forklift driver has died this morning in Homebush West.

Emergency services attended markets on Parramatta Road about 5.20am when notified of a forklift driver being trapped under his vehicle.

The man died at the scene.

NSW Police will prepare a report for the coroner. WorkCover will investigate the incident.




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