On Shrove Tuesday around 10:40 p.m., a civil patrol in Gmunden became aware of a vehicle. The officers tried to stop the driver of the vehicle for a check. The driver confirmed the clearly perceptible stop sign with the hazard warning lights, but then accelerated sharply and tried to evade control.
The officials pursued the 19-year-old, who raced through Gmunden more than 70 km/h too fast, overtook life-threateningly and avoided a roadblock on a sidewalk, although pedestrians were walking there. The young man finally turned into a housing estate and suddenly braked his car abruptly: During the subsequent interrogation, his 18-year-old passenger stated that he himself had brought the car to a standstill with the handbrake. The driver and his passenger were arrested and taken to the police station. The driver stated that the car had been given to him by his passenger and that he had panicked before the upcoming traffic stop. He’s never had a driver’s license.
In addition, the officials noticed clear signs of drug impairment. A doctor finally determined that he was unfit to drive. However, the 19-year-old refused to take blood. The man is reported at large for a variety of violations. The passenger is also reported because he had left the car – the owner is his father – to his friend.