Double trouble as young driver feels heat from police
THINGS went from bad to worse for the driver of this car on Tuesday night after it was destroyed by fire alongside Rushforth Road.
A 22-year-old Grafton man had been driving just after 8pm when police signalled him to pull over so they could question him about an unrelated matter.
He pulled over as directed and parked on the side of Rushforth Road.
As he was being questioned, the heat generated from his car's muffler set the long grass underneath his vehicle alight.
The man attempted to move the car but did not have enough time to beat the flames that had started to engulf its interior.
The NSW Rural Fire Service's Grafton City Brigade was called to the scene but was unable to save the vehicle.
But the loss of his car in the inferno did not signal the end to an already unlucky night for the man.
Police ordered him to submit a breath analysis test which returned a low range reading of 0.065.
The charred remains of his car were left smouldering on the side of the road as police conveyed him to Grafton Police Station so he could be charged him with drink driving.
He was ordered to appear before the Grafton Local Court on September 19.