Drunk driver crashes into police station, emerges with season's greetings

A drunk driver who crashed his car into the nature strip outside Box Hill police station this morning, emerged from the wreckage and wished police a “happy new year”.

The man escaped unharmed from his overturned vehicle.

The 52-year-old Box Hill man was travelling west along Whitehorse Road about 2.40am when the car veered onto the nature strip outside the police station, crashed into two street lights and rolled onto its roof.

The car came to stop in a garden bed in the middle of the nature strip.

Police inside the station heard the crash and rushed to the scene where they discovered the man was unharmed but appeared very intoxicated.

Senior Sergeant Wayne Williams said the man “appeared in good spirits” and repeatedly wished all the police a “Happy New Year”.

The man was too intoxicated to be interviewed and was taken to Box Hill Hospital and is expected to be charged on summons.

Speed and alcohol will be investigated as causes for the collision.

Sergeant Williams said the man will be liable to pay for the damage caused to council property.

“If drivers can’t get their head around the fact drink driving is dangerous,” he said.

“They should look at it selfishly and realise it will cost them a lot of money.”

He said it was disappointing to see drink drivers were still prepared to risk their lives and those of the community.

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