Bendigo driver ‘refused test’

A 45-year-old driver involved in a five-car crash on Christmas Eve refused an alcohol breath test, police allege. 

The Bendigo man hit four vehicles in Wade Street, writing off one, before crashing his Ford Falcon wagon and writing it off. 

Despite the impact of the crash, the man was able to walk after being cut free from the car by the SES and appeared shaken and uneasy on his feet. 

Senior Sergeant Paul Gardiner said police tried to breath test the man. 

“Police allege the driver refused to undergo a breath test,” he said. 

“We will investigate the matter further.

“We’re expecting the driver to be charged on summons.” 

Nearby residents described a loud explosion during the crash and several said the man had been driving at high speed. 

The force of the impact sheared off the front driver’s side wheel of a ute and pushed it underneath the car. Three other vehicles sustained minor damage. 

Two witnesses who had been walking along Wade Street at the time of the crash provided police with information. 

Senior Sergeant Gardiner said people needed to take care on the roads. 

“We’re urging people to exercise caution over the coming days,” he said. 

“The roads are busy at this time of year. 

“People should make sure they’re in a fit state to drive.”

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