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DRUNK OFF-DUTY COP SMASHES TESLA INTO BAKERY, INJURES PEDESTRIAN

The unnamed off-duty police officer smashed a Tesla Y into a bakery, later testing to be over five times the alcohol limit. Inset: the driver struggles with emergency crews as they attempt to move him to a stretcher.

An off-duty police officer smashed his Tesla through railings and into a bread shop in the early hours of this morning, injuring a 32-year-old pedestrian.

The driver, who police did not name, was reportedly driving his grey Tesla Model Y along Un Chau Street towards Lai Chi Kok at 4:04am when he lost control of the vehicle and crashed through a pedestrian railing and into the Sun Lok Fu Bakery on Cheung Wah Street.

Pedestrian Mr Chen was injured in the crash, while the driver and his female passenger were uninjured.

Alcohol tests by police found the driver to be five times over the legal alcohol limit. According to reports, the driver then complained of feeling unwell. Photos and online video show him struggling with officers and emergency crews as they tried to move him from a police van onto a stretcher.

He was then taken to Caritas Hospital conscious.

Police say they later found the driver was an off-duty police officer and have suspended him from duty. They also arrested him on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Earlier this week, another police officer was in court after smashing into a woman on a pedestrian crossing in Kwun Tong.

The crash on Un Chau Street was reminiscent of a deadly crash on New Year’s Eve 2021, when the driver of a high-performance BMW lost control and smashed into shops in San Po Kong, killing two pedestrians and injuring two others.

The vehicle involved in this morning’s crash, the Tesla Y, weighs 2 tonnes, has a top speed of 250 kph and can accelerate from a standstill to twice the urban speed limit in 3.7 seconds.

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