Ambulance Drunk Driver Nabbed by Police


MUMBAI—An ambulance driver was caught in the Mumbai neighborhood of Trombay, on Saturday evening, and charged with drunk driving. Prakash Salve, 30, was returning from Ahmednager after transporting a dead body there. Authorities say that Salve was so inebriated that a breath analysis recorded a blood alcohol content of 489 mg per 100ml. Rajesh Verma, who was accompanying Salve, was also arrested on charges of abetment.

The ambulance is privately owned and is usually hired by Rajawadi Hospital. Salve and Verma, who had left for Ahmednagar at 2am, were returning around 9am, when Salve stopped to pick up a few Mumbai-bound hitchhikers in exchange for a payment.

When the Pune police caught him and asked the passengers to exit, Salve phoned his employer, Sudhakar Patil, who then pleaded with the cops and granted him no trouble.

Salve and Verma then headed for a bar at approximately 11am, where Salve drank alone. Later, he returned on the road to Mumbai, he crashed the ambulance into an Indica at 4:30pm . The driver, Nasir Qwazi, blocked his path and phoned the traffic police when he realized Salve was drunk. “We booked Verma for abetment as he was aware that Salve was driving under the influence of alcohol but did nothing to stop him,” said a senior inspector with the Mumbai traffic police.

Salve and Verma will go before a metropolitan court on Monday.


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