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Drunk man drives Mercedes over sleeping labourers, 2 hurt

delhi Updated: Dec 05, 2009 23:49 IST
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Two labourers were injured when a Mercedes car driven by an allegedly drunk man ran over them near the Sarojini Nagar flyover on Friday night.

Police said Simran Singh Sodhi (24) was in an inebriated state and was driving home in his imported Mercedes C-Class Kompressor from a bar in South Delhi with his girlfriend around 1:30 a.m.

The men were sleeping on a pavement when Sodhi, who was speeding, lost control over the car and ran over them.

The two victims were rushed to AIIMS Trauma Centre where doctors said their condition was stable. Three more labourers were sleeping on the same pavement but escaped unhurt.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) HGS Dhaliwal said, “He was under the influence of alcohol and ran his car over some sleeping labourers.”

Sodhi was arrested and later released on bail. Medical tests later confirmed that he was drunk.

“The blood alcohol level in his body far exceeded the admissible limit,” added a senior police officer on condition of anonymity, as he was not authorised to speak.

Dhaliwal said Sodhi was arrested and charged under sections 279 (rash and negligent driving), 337 (causing hurt) and 185 of the Motor Vehicles Act (Driving by a drunken person or by a person under the influence of drugs).

The police also took his girlfriend for questioning but let her go later. “We have recorded the statements and are investigating the matter,” added Dhaliwal.

Sodhi is the son of a local businessman.