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Drunken tourist drives into tent of three women

April 7, 2016 Destination Global, Headline News No Comments Print Print Email Email

egtmedia59Three female tourists, two from Germany and one from the Netherlands, woke in fright in the early morning dark as a drunken and emotional Canadian tourist drove his rental vehicle into their tent.

The trio of European campers had a miraculous escape, with one woman waking up lying between the wheels of the vehicle and staring up at the engine.

The incident happened at a campsite by Lake McGregor, near Tekapo in New Zealand’s South Island, a serene and picturesque spot favoured by fishing enthusiasts and campers.

The Canadian tourist at the wheel, Etienne Saint-Armour, 40, of Montreal, was ordered in Timaru District Court to pay emotional harm reparation to the three women he could have injured or killed.http://www.rembrandtbkk.com/

Judge Joanna Maze told Saint-Armour he was fortunate no-one was killed as a result of his actions, the Timaru Herald reported.

Saint-Armour admitted driving with excess breath alcohol. The court heard that after hearing of the death of his father in Canada earlier in the day, Saint-Armour had been drinking at the campsite and had become very emotional.

While moving his car he lost control in the tight space, crashing into a wire fence and the tent. He drove only three metres.

Judge Maze disqualified Saint-Armour from driving for a year and ordered him to pay each woman NZD 500 in reparation – NZD 1500 in total.

Saint-Armour caught public transport to Christchurch Airport after his court appearance to return to Canada for his father’s funeral, the Timaru Herald noted.

Written by Peter Needham

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