Drunk tanker driver wipes out fence, crashes into pole

Tanker driver to face court accused of drink driving, hitting a tree, crashing through a fence and reversing into a pole

November 1, 2012

A drunk truck driver accused of getting behind the wheel of a tanker and going about destroying property will face court next month.

The 33-year-old New South Wales man is accused of mounting a footpath and hitting a tree while driving a 10-tonne water tanker at Elermore Vale, near Newcastle.

NSW Police alleges the driver continued along a footpath before reversing into a power pole. He then mounted the gutter again and crashed through the front fence of a house.

He is alleged to have driven away from the scene, but police found him and breath tested the man. NSW Police says the man returned a reading of 0.316.

His licence was suspended and he will appear in Toronto Local Court on December 19.

"No one was injured during the incident, however police were concerned as there were a group of young children playing nearby," NSW Police says.

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