Blind man caught drunk driving again

  • 2007-08-15
  • By Joel Alas
TALLINN - Tartu's blind driver can't see a problem with getting behind the wheel.
For the second time in a week, Estonian police have caught the same blind man attempting to drive.
Just as amazing is the revelation that the man, a 20-year old identified by police only as Kristjan, is the owner of the vehicle.

Kristjan was stopped at 5:20 a.m. on Aug. 11 as he attempted to drive through the town of Torvandi, near Tartu in southern Estonia. He was accompanied by three friends who were apparently directing his actions.
His actions were reminiscent of a scene from the 1992 film "Scent of a Woman," in which Al Pacino's blind character purchases and drives a Ferrari with the help of a young assistant. But unlike Pacino's character, Kristjan was unable to talk his way out of punishment.
Police first noticed the vehicle because it was swerving across the road. A subsequent alcohol breath test found that Kristjan was drunk.

The same man was stopped in the early hours of Aug. 5 in Tartu, driving while drunk under the direction of an equally inebriated teenage passenger. He was issued a misdemeanor charge.
This time though, police intend to keep him off the road by requesting that a court impose the maximum sentence of 30 days in prison.
They will also apply to the court to confiscate his vehicle, an Audi 80. However police were unsure how or why he purchased a car in the first place.