Interception of the driver of a car travelling in the wrong direction on the RM-19 who was three times the drink-drive limit

Intervention by the Guardia Civil to intercept the vehicle

The Civil Guard of the Region of Murcia has intercepted and investigated the driver of a car on the RM-19 motorway, at the height of Roldán-Torre Pacheco, for reckless driving – in the opposite direction – and under the influence of alcoholic beverages, according to sources from the Benemérita in a statement.

The action began when the Guardia Civil received a warning that a car was driving in the wrong direction on the Mar Menor RM-19 motorway, which links the port of La Cadena with San Javier, at the height of the Pacheco district of Roldán. According to the citizens who alerted of the anomalous situation, the vehicle was travelling in the direction of Puerto de la Cadena on the carriageway reserved for the San Javier direction.

In response to the warnings and given the danger involved in this type of anomalous driving, the Guardia Civil mobilised a patrol of Motorists from the Traffic Sector who set up a device to stop the circulation of vehicles heading towards the town of San Javier in the authorised lanes.

The agents even stopped it momentarily to avoid a collision with the car that was driving incorrectly, managing to stop the car and the person driving it at kilometre 14 of the motorway, near the town of Balsicas.

The individual was driving in the wrong direction on the left lane towards Puerto de la Cadena, having joined at kilometre 21.800 on the road towards San Javier, which caused, with this driving, that several of the vehicles circulating correctly had to manoeuvre sharply to avoid a head-on collision, all with “reckless disregard for his life and that of the other users who were circulating correctly on the road”, according to the same sources.

After resolving the anomalous driving, the civil guards restored the traffic, removing the offending vehicle and driver, a 27-year-old man, who showed clear signs of being under the influence of alcoholic beverages, from the road platform.

For this reason, he was subjected to the mandatory tests in which he showed a positive result of 0.72 and 0.82 milligrams of alcohol per litre of exhaled air, in both tests, tripling the maximum permitted rate of 0.25 mg/litre.

The person under investigation is alleged to have committed two offences against road safety: driving in a manifestly reckless manner – in the wrong direction on a dual carriageway – endangering the lives or safety of other road users, and driving a motor vehicle or moped in excess of the established alcoholic beverage limit.

The same has been placed at the disposal of the Court of Instruction of San Javier (Murcia), for the celebration of the corresponding trial by the ordinary procedure of certain offences.

The car involved was removed by a roadside assistance crane and was deposited at the disposal of the judicial authority as an instrument of the offence.

The Guardia Civil recalls that the offence of reckless driving is included in article 380 of the Penal Code and can be punished with prison sentences of 6 months to 2 years and deprivation of the right to drive motor vehicles and mopeds for more than 1 and up to 6 years.

It should also be noted that the offence of driving a motor vehicle or moped while exceeding the established alcoholic beverage limit is included in Article 379. 2 of the Penal Code, which states that anyone driving with a breath alcohol level of more than 0.60 milligrams per litre or with a blood alcohol level of more than 1.2 grams per litre will be sentenced to a prison term of 3 to 6 months or a fine of 6 to 12 months or community service of 31 to 90 days, and, in any case, deprivation of the right to drive motor vehicles and mopeds for more than 1 and up to 4 years.

The Guardia Civil appeals to the cooperation of the public, as has occurred in this case, given the high level of danger involved in driving in the wrong direction on the motorway, so that as soon as they detect one of these situations, they should urgently call 112 (emergencies) or 062 (Guardia Civil), advising, furthermore, that whenever possible, and unless it is necessary for the safety of the driver, they should not drive in the opposite direction, whenever possible, and except for overtaking, to use the right-hand lane of the carriageway on motorways and dual carriageways, as those driving in the opposite direction on this type of road tend to use the left-hand lane, believing that they are driving on a conventional road with one lane in each direction.


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