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Cop leaps from window after being caught drunk driving

A Frankfurt policeman wasn't his own 'friend and helper' on Friday evening. After crashing his car while under the influence, he tried to escape - and failed painfully.

Cop leaps from window after being caught drunk driving
File photo: DPA

His first mistake came when he decided to get in his car while having a blood alcohol level of 2.8 – that is, the equivalent of around nine beers.

The drunk copper then smashed into another car on the Autobahn, causing a whole section of the road to be shut down, Bild reports.

Officers who turned up at the scene breathalyzed their colleague and found him way over the limit.

In order to have a blood-alcohol level test that could be used in court, the officers took the drunk copper to the station where a doctor was supposed to take a blood sample.

But before the test could be done, the inebriated policeman pleaded to be allowed to go to the loo.

Out of sight of his colleagues, the cop clambered out the toilet window and jumped onto a roof below.

But he was out of luck. His landing spot was eight metres below and he sustained a broken arm as well as a fractured his pelvis and severe bruising.

Police who retrieved him took him to hospital.

The officers who brought him in are now threatened with a disciplinary process.

They appear to have failed in their duty of supervision, from the point of taking him into custody until his escape, an investigator told Bild.

 

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Two mountaineers killed and 9 injured in ice fall in Swiss mountains

A Frenchwoman and a Spaniard were killed and nine other mountaineers were injured on Friday in an ice fall in southwest Switzerland, police said following a rescue attempt involving several helicopters.

Two mountaineers killed and 9 injured in ice fall in Swiss mountains

Police received calls at 6.20 am reporting that mountaineers had been caught up in falling seracs — columns of glacial ice formed by crevasses — on the Grand Combin, a glacial massif near the Italian border in the Wallis region.

Seven helicopters with mountain rescue experts flew to the scene, finding 17 mountaineers split among several groups.

“Two people died at the scene of the accident,” Wallis police said in a statement. They were a 40-year-old Frenchwoman and a 65-year-old man from Spain.

Nine mountaineers were airlifted to hospitals in nearby Sion and in Lausanne. Two of them are seriously injured, police said.

Other mountaineers were evacuated by helicopter.

The regional public prosecutor has opened an investigation “to determine the circumstances of this event”, the police said.

The serac fall happened at an altitude of 3,400 metres in the Plateau de Dejeuner section along the Voie du Gardien ascent route.

The Grand Combin massif has three summits above 4,000 metres, the highest of which is the Combin de Grafeneire at 4,314 metres.

The police issued a note of caution about setting off on such high-altitude expeditions.

“When the zero-degree-Celsius isotherm is around 4,000 metres above sea level, it is better to be extra careful or not attempt the route if in doubt,” Wallis police said.

“The golden rule is to find out beforehand from the mountain guides about the chosen route and its current feasibility.”

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