Relatives of accident victims sue officer

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Relatives of accident victims sue officer
The accused drink driver blames breathalyser results on Coca-Cola and Red Bull drinks he consumed.

THE RELATIVES of those killed in a fatal accident on the A-7 have appeared in court at the trial of the Guardia Civil officer believed to be responsible.

The families are now expected to file a suit against the man for reckless homicide, reckless injuries, and crimes against traffic safety, according to Manuel Temboury, one of the families’ four lawyers.

The Guardia Civil officer, known only as Sergeant Miguel, faces four and a half years in prison for killing three and injuring seven in a car accident.

Three people remain in a serious condition in hospital after the policeman, who is accused of driving at high speed and swerving between lanes on the A7 outside Torremonlinos, hit two cars.  The officer, who was previously the subject of six internal police investigations, and who was fined €650 in 2015 for threatening his neighbour, claims he was driving at a normal speed.

Sergeant Miguel is also accused of trying to flee the scene of the accident, hurdling the central reservation and escaping into a pine forest.  Two passing members of the National Police chased and caught up with him.  He allegedly told the officers “I wasn’t driving, I was with another member of the Guardia Civil.  The accident had nothing to do with me.”  When asked in court why he fled, Sergeant Miguel said at that moment he “just wanted to die.”

He then allegedly tried to resist arrest after being breathalysed and found to have 0.47 and 0.50 milligrams of alcohol per litre of air in the two tests carried out. Once at the police station, Sergeant Miguel also tested positive for cocaine in a drugs test.

The accused, who protests his innocence, says he had drunk one beer at a bar before driving and swears on the loves of his three children he did not take cocaine, blaming the false positive on several coca colas and red bull drinks he had consumed before the test.

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