Steer clear of this driver
A foolhardy Australian man has been remanded in custody after police found him driving without a steering wheel. The 38-year-old was pulled over in the Adelaide suburb of Gilles Plains for dangerous driving with two blown tyres. On closer inspection police discovered that the white Holden sedan was being controlled with a set of pliers, which had been attached to the steering column.
The driver was charged with this and a string of other violations including driving an uninsured, unregistered vehicle whilst being disqualified and breaching his terms of bail. In addition to this the Northfield man tested positive for methyl amphetamine and cannabis in a drugs test.
Police have hinted that they believe the same vehicle was also involved in a hit-and-run collision, in which there were no casualties, just moments before it was pulled over.
Following the incident South Australian Police have reminded road users that, although this was an extreme case, people should always take care on the roads.
Operation Distraction, an initiative which is running throughout the state in July mainly monitoring mobile phone and seat belt usage, is proving successful and has detected more than 1,700 offences.