A 23-year-old woman driving allegedly under the influence of alcohol led the Mumbai Police on a chase around South Mumbai, shoved a policewoman who tried to subdue her before crashing her car into a divider and coming to a rest.
The woman, a resident of Opera House, was travelling towards Churchgate station at 1.30 am on Monday when she was asked to stop at a traffic nakabandi outside the Bombay High Court.
“She did not stop and sped straight ahead. I told a woman constable and two officers to follow the driver in a jeep before she got into any trouble or injured anyone,” said Inspector Namrata Lokhande of the Azad Maidan traffic division.
The police vehicle stopped the jeep near Metro Cinema. Lokhande said the driver got out of the car.
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“My constable approached the woman and tried to catch her, but the woman pushed her away, sat back in the car and drove off,” she said.
The traffic police continued the chase and also alerted nearby police patrolling vehicles for assistance. They were soon joined by a van from D B Marg police station on Grant Road. The police next found that the vehicle had again stopped at Opera House.
“The car’s front tyre had punctured and after hitting a divider. The front wheels and axle came off the car,” Lokhande said, adding the woman then started to run away on foot.
“We caught her before she could escape and took her to Azad Maidan police station,” she said.
The woman was booked with rash and drunk driving, indecent behaviour and assaulting a public servant.
The police said the woman initially refused to have her blood alcohol level measured using a breathalyzer.
“So we took her to St George Hospital for a medical examination. There she agreed to use the breathalyzer and we found her blood alcohol level to be 275 mg/dL,” Lokahnde said.
The police said she was allowed to go after her mother arrived and paid a fine. On Tuesday evening, the woman’s brother took away the car.
The woman has been served a summon from the police to appear at the Metropolitan Magistrate Court.