STA, 8 July 2022 - A 53-year old Croatian citizen crossed the border drunk without slowing down with two children in the car. The police stopped him to find that he had a BAC of 0.30. He was arrested and the children were picked up by family members, reports the Novo Mesto Police Department.
The Croatian man reached the border crossing Obrežje around 8pm and drove through the crossing not intended for personal vehicles. He did not have a valid driver's licence or the kids' IDs.
He told the police that he was heading from Zagreb to Rijeka and he thought that he drove through a toll station and not a border crossing since he did not intend to travel through Slovenia.
The man was visibly drunk and the breathalyser test showed he had 1.46 mg of alcohol in a litre of air, amounting to 3.06 g of alcohol in a litre of blood.
He was arrested, the court fined him EUR 1200 and banned him from driving in Slovenia for a year, while the police fined him an additional EUR 400 for avoiding border control.
The Novo Mesto Police Department noted that last year drunk drivers caused 155 accidents in the area under their jurisdiction, two of them fatal.