Lucerne man drives drunk to the police station to report car damage

Do you know the rules about drink-driving in Switzerland? One man from Lucerne certainly didn't.

Lucerne man drives drunk to the police station to report car damage
Lucerne man drives drunk to the police station Stock Photo: IgorVetushko/

A 25-year-old man from Lucerne was heavily intoxicated when he drove to the city police station to report damage to his car.

At around 1.30pm on Monday afternoon, the man entered the police station in the city of Lucerne, where he wanted to report that his rear-view mirror was broken, a Lucerne public prosecutor told 20minutes news. 

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However, the police were not interested in the broken rear-view mirror – and instead shifted their attention to the 25-year-old’s strong smell of alcohol. The police soon realised the man had driven himself from his home to the police station while intoxicated.

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A breath alcohol test confirmed that the man was over the legal limit of alcohol, and tested with  0.59 mg/l blood alcohol content (BAC).

The man lost his driver’s licence and the matter has been forwarded to the Road Traffic Office for further investigation.

Do you know the drink-driving legal limit?

  • In Switzerland, drivers caught with 0.5 or more milligrams of alcohol per millilitre of breath, will lose their license on the spot for at least three months. 
  • Individuals caught drink driving can also be fined and face possible jail time. Fines in some cases are be based on one's income and wealth.
  • Passengers can face the same penalties as the drunk driver unless the can prove they were unaware the driver was intoxicated.

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