A driver has captured the terrifying moment an alleged drunk driver veered straight towards him and his family, just seconds before slamming into a power pole.
Carl Anderson was driving along Old Northern Road at Glenorie, in northwest Sydney, when he saw a blue MG hatchback cross the middle lines, causing the ute in front of him to slam on their brakes.
“It all happened so quick, blink-of-an-eye stuff,” he told 2GB’s Ray Hadley. “There was a storm quite severe at the time and we were all going quite slowly, which was very fortunate. We were doing probably 50-55km/h.
“Suddenly the car ahead of me just swerved off to the left and I realised what was going on. We had a car coming head-on at us. So we all dived off to the left to get out of her way and we were just lucky that she didn’t come any further, because we had nowhere to go but down a steep embankment.”
Just seconds after the car passed Mr Anderson’s vehicle, it crashed into a telegraph pole on the wrong side of the road – though Mr Anderson had no idea until the following day.
Police allege the driver of the car, a 47-year-old Randwick woman, returned a breath test reading of 0.211 – more than four times the legal limit.
She was uninjured in the crash and was charged with high-range drink driving.
Mr Hadley said acts of drink driving make his “blood boil”, while Mr Anderson had a few words for those who choose to get behind the wheel while impaired.
“Think of your own family… Have a think about them and think about accountability and what your actions can cause and what they do. You can’t undo it once it’s done,” he said.
Police said the woman’s driver’s licence has been suspended and an investigation into the circumstances around the crash has commenced. The woman is due to front court on February 2.
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