Teenager arrested after St Catherine crash that ‘could have been fatal’

A TEENAGER was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving after his car ploughed into a tree in a crash which firefighters said ‘could have been fatal’.

Picture: JERSEY FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICE (29290680)
Picture: JERSEY FIRE AND RESCUE SERVICE (29290680)

The emergency services were called out in the early hours of Monday after the 18-year-old’s Ford Fiesta was left in a ‘precarious position’ down an embankment just north of St Catherine’s lifeboat station.

In a statement, the Fire and Rescue Service said: ‘Had a tree not stopped the car, this could have potentially been a fatal incident. Fire crews secured the car using a winch, assisted the trapped man out from the car, before recovering the vehicle to the roadside.’

The States police confirmed that the driver – the sole occupant of the vehicle – did not need hospital treatment and was arrested on suspicion of driving while over the alcohol limit. No other vehicle was involved.

In August two young men were left in critical conditions in hospital after their car crashed into a wall at the junction of Route de la Trinité and Rue Jacques in the early hours of the morning.

In June, the States police launched Operation Canvas to crack down on speeding and dangerous driving following a rise in complaints about potential motoring offences during lockdown.

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